‘Real mujahideen, their families ignored after Soviets defeat’
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Youth Association (ANYA) on Sunday said children and families of “real and honest Afghans who fought against the Soviet forces and expelled them from Afghanistan” were suffering from poverty and other problems.
While some leaders promoted themselves by claiming achievements of others as their own, ignoring those who honestly and patriotically fought the red army, the group said. These leaders earned money, status and name and did not shed a single drop of their blood.
On December 27, 1979, some 120,000 Soviet troops backed by helicopters, fighters jets, and tanks invaded Afghanistan and installed a puppet Babrak Karmal in place of communist president Hafizullah Amin, sparking an ill-fated conflict that lasted nine years and resulted in the death of one million Afghans.
The red army invasion resulted into the loss of 90,000 Mujahideen fighters, 18,000 Afghan troops allied with Soviets and 14,500 Soviet soldiers in the war that ended after ten years in February 1989.
The unstopped sacrifices of the people of Afghanistan won them victory over the Soviet Union which had merged almost 15 nations of the Central Asia and parts of the eastern and Europe in its block.
The Soviet Union had finally pulled out its last soldier from the Afghan soil on February 15, 1989.
Shkula Zadran, member of the ANYA, said the Jihad against the Soviets was the victory of Afghanistan people and the credit went to them.
Syed Abdullah Hashami, ANYA chief, said the day of Soviet Forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan was a historic moment and unforgettable day in the history of Afghanistan. He said the then world’s strongest army faced defeat at the hands of Afghanistan people, who had been left with no option but expel the foreign troops.
He said no Afghan kept silence over the barbarian invasion of the red army on December 27, 1979 and raised their voices against the occupation.
Some political experts believed commemorating the Soviet invasion and its troops’ pullout from Afghanistan attracted little attention due to foreign meddling in the country’s internal affairs. They said such historic days should be observed by the government and the people countrywide.
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