No one can misuse mujahideen: Rabbani
Rabbani was addressing a gathering marking a national holiday to celebrate the Afghan Mujahideen’s military victory over the Red Army, at the Loya Jirga tent in Kabul.
The minister said the jihad of the Afghanistan’s people against the former Soviet Union not only resulted in independence of their country but also hastened the union’s demise and allowed democracy to prosper here.
The gathering was attended by former jihadi leaders, parliamentarians and hundreds of admirers to comomorate the Soviet withdrawal in the 1980s.
Rabbani said it was due to the jihad in Afghanistan that the Berlin Wall was demolished and a united Germany brought into being and rendered Marxism and Leninism a history.
On May 15, 1988, the invaded former USSR troops started withdrawal from Afghanistan while the pulling out of thier forces completed on February 15, 1989.
The invasion of the then red army lasted nine years, inflicting heavy casualties and damages on Afghan nation and country. Record shows that 1.5 million Afghans refugees were martyred and thousands of others disabled. In addition, over 10 million Afghan refugees migrated to other countries specifically to Pakistan and Iran.
Rabbani said that the day recalled all Afghans to safeguard their country. He said: “The today’s youth should learn that our bright future is in national solidarity and unity. Everyone should come forward and work for the progress and prosperity of the country.”
Some anti-state elements wanted to use the country’s youth for fomenting prejudice for their vested interests, he said adding that Afghans should focus to learn from their experiences and get advanced education.
The unity government would leave no stone unturned to protect the motherland, he vowed, reassuring that the government had great regard for the contribution of Mujahideen. “Being a member from a Mujahideen family, I reassure you that no one will be allowed to utilize the Mujahideen contribution in a negative way. Mujahideen are the genuine heir of Jihad,” he added.
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