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Former Afghan President Mojaddedi Passed Away

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    Posted: 11-Feb-2019 at 1:22pm

Prominent politician, Jihadi leader and former President of Afghanistan Sibghatullah Mojaddedi has died, sources close to his family confirm.

Former Afghan President Sibghatullah Mojaddedi dies

Born in 1926 in Kabul, Mojaddedi was appointed as the Acting President and head of the interim government after the victory of Mujahideen against Soviet forces.

Mojaddedi left for Pakistan in 1978 following 1978 coup which resulted into the victory of People£s Democratic Party and started political and armed campaign against the government of the time by forming National Liberation Front.

He was appointed as the Chairman of the Afghan Senate, Upper House of Parliament (Meshrano Jirga) in 2003.

Anti-Communist Guerrilla Who Became Afghan President Dies

Sibghatullah Mujadidi, who was Afghanistan's first president following the withdrawal of invading Soviet troops from Afghanistan and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul's pro-communist government, has died. He was 93.

His former spokesman Sharif Yusufi says Mujadidi died overnight Tuesday in the Afghan capital.

During the 10-year invasion by the former Soviet Union that ended in 1989, Mujadedi led perhaps the smallest and most moderate of the guerrilla groups, backed by the United States. Its members included former President Hamid Karzai.

Following the collapse of the communist government, Mujadidi served for two months as Afghanistan's president. His successor Burhanuddin Rabbani was to serve for four months, but stayed for four years overseeing a brutal war between rival mujahedeen groups that ended with the Taliban taking power in 1996.

Source: The New York Times

Edited by AfghanistanNews - 11-Feb-2019 at 9:59pm
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