Senators ask govt to celebrate April 28 with zeal
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Sunday condemned the 1978 military coup, known as the Saur Revolution, overthrowing President Mohammad Daud Khan’s rule and asked the incumbent government to officially observe April 28, the Mujahideen’s Victory Day.
Back in 1978, the former Soviet Union-backed People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), which had sympathisers in the then Afghan military, dethroned President Daud Khan in a bloody coup.
Daud, who took over from King Zahir Shah and ended monarchy in 1973, declared himself as the first president of Afghanistan. He was killed in the PDPA-led coup along with his family members. But a majority of Afghans did not accept the PDPA’s rule and soon uprisings began against the communist party.
Gulali Akbari, a lawmaker from Badakhshan, on Sunday said today’s miseries and bloodshed in Afghanistan were the legacy of the 1978 coup.
She said the Afghans defeated the occupation forces and emerged victorious after decades of enormous sacrifices.
Akbari asked the government not to confine April 28 celebrations to the Presidential Palace only, but the event should be observed across the country with zeal and enthusiasm.
Lawmaker Abdul Latif Nuhzat said the PDPA coup brought along countless miseries, including huge losses of precious human lives, foreign invasion, large-scale immigration, bloodshed and economic and social downfall.
Senate deputy chaiman Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, who chaired the session, said the government must celebrate the Mujahideen’s Victory Day.
He also condemned the 1978 coup and termed it a black day in Afghanistan’s history as it offered nothing but sorrows, grief and misfortunes.
The Presidential Palace could not be reached for comments.
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