Blood donated on Dr. Najib death anniversary
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of people on Sunday donated blood for wounded Afghan soldiers on the occasion of the 18th death anniversary of former president Dr. Najibullah in Kabul.
Najibullah was born in 1947 in the Ahmadzai sub-tribe of Ghilzai. Born in Kabul, his ancestral village was located between the towns of Syed Karam and Gardez districts in Paktia.
Once the then Afghan spy service (KHAD) chief, Najibullah was elected as president of the Soviet-backed government in 1986, replacing Babrak Karmal. When the Taliban captured Kabul 15 years later, Najibullah sought refuge at the UN office, but was killed along with his brother.
The Taliban fighters hanged the bodies of Najibullah and his brother Shahpur Ahmadzai at the Ariana Square. Najibullah, who was president for five years, spent four and a half years at the UN office.
One of Najib government’s former generals, Abdul Wahid Taqat, told a ceremony marking his death anniversary: “A martyr should be remembered the way it does not create problems for others.”
A member of the Hezb-i-Watan party, Taqat said his party had decided to give bloods for the wounded Afghan soldiers on the occasion of Najib’s death anniversary.
He said Najibullah had been seeking peace and stability in Afghanistan, but he was killed by regional enemies of the Afghans.
A participant of the blood donation campaign, Ilyas Rahmani, said the drive was good for the soul of Najibullah because the former president loved his forces.
Hafizullah, donor, said Najibullah was killed under an international conspiracy and the international community should respond. A large number of people donated blood measuring up to 300CC for the wounded soldiers.
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