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Soviet invasion ‘a black day in our history:’ MPs

Soviet invasion ‘a black day in our history:’ MPs

Dec 27, 2017 - 20:01

KABUL (Pajhwok): As Wednesday marked the 38th anniversary of the former Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, a number of Wolesi Jirga or lower house members termed the day “a black day in the country’s history”, urging the government to prevent Russia’s interferences.

The sixth of Jadi on the Afghan calendar (Wednesday) marks the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

A 120,000-strong Red Army, equipped with sophisticated weaponry, invaded Afghanistan and installed Babrak Karmal as president of the country.

The invasion followed uprisings in various parts of the country, triggering a war that lasted ten-long years and resulted in the Soviet Union’s biggest defeat and subsequent disintegration.

During the invasion, Afghanistan was turned into rubble. More than one million people got killed, thousands maimed, and another five million migrated to neighboring Iran and Pakistan.

On the Russian side more than 14450 soldiers were killed and 49980 others wounded and 330 went missing during more than a decade of war.

Recalling the horrific memories, a number of Wolesi Jirga members today discussed the historic day.

Sakhi Meshwani, a lawmaker from eastern Kunar province, called the 6th of Jadi a “black day” in Afghanistan history. Pointing to Russia’s recent statements about supporting the Afghan peace process, he said: “How can Russia bring peace?”

Abdul Sattar Khawasi, a lawmaker from Parwan province, also said the day gave birth to was miseries that continued to haunt Afghanistan till date. “America, Iran, Pakistan, 15 Asian countries and the whole world reached prosperity as a result of the Jihad of the Afghan people, therefore the international community is indebted to the Afghans.”

A lawmaker from western Herat province, Khalilullah Shahidzada, the black day unleashed miseries which continued in Afghanistan as of today.

“Russia is now interfering in Afghanistan affairs under the pretext of bringing peace, but Afghan people would not let Russia interfere,” he said.

Nasrullah Sadeqizada, a lawmaker from Daikundi province, said: “We won against the Soviet Union, but we failed to control our souls, our jihadi leaders today make buildings, modern apartments and houses, but they have forgotten the families of the martyrs.”

He asked former jihadi leaders to think about Afghanistan instead of their personal interests.

Second deputy speaker Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai said the Russian invasion of Afghanistan resulted in mass destruction of the country. “But Afghans defeated it.”

About Russia’s support for the Afghan peace process, he said Russia was still interfering in the country and asked the government to prevent Russia from doing so.