Tariq had had a past relationship of some kind with Leia Organa Solo, as they addressed each other by their first names, instead of using their surnames or titles.
Once the Yuuzhan Vong began attacking planets, Rhinnal decided to accept refugees from these planets. Rhinnal easily accepted ten thousand refugees from Ord Mantell but, while doing so, it had to strain its resources "to the breaking point". Two thousand more refugees were redirected to Ruan as soon as Tariq discovered that Ruan was accepting refugees.
Leia Organa Solo came to Rhinnal the following day with six thousand more exiles from Gyndine. Tariq greeted her and was as gentle as he could be due to the circumstances. Tariq explained to Organa Solo his situation, suggested her to try Ruan, and asked for her forgiveness.
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse (First appearance) (Appears in hologram)