About a million Tajik Moslems, who migrated to northern Afghanistan after the Russian revolution, are rising against Kabul's pro-communist regime, officials in Kabul are reported to have stated for the first time last week (14 October).
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Background: About a million Tajik Moslems, who migrated to northern Afghanistan after the Russian revolution, are rising against Kabul's pro-communist regime, officials in Kabul are reported to have stated for the first time last week (14 October). Reports of fresh fighting came as the country's new government under President Hafizullah Amin completed its first thirty days since the death of President Mohammed Tarakki. President Amin recently spoke to tribal elders, and explained his government's plans and promises, in an effort to ease the tensions.
SYNOPSIS: The tribal representatives in turn explained the policies of the new government to the local people. Mr. Amin, President and Prime Minister of Afghanistan, stressed that Islam as a religion must be protected. He asked the constitutional drafting committee to include clauses that will allay the fears of orthodox Moslems.
President Amin told the tribal elders that the constitution would emphasise the primacy of the Khalq (masses) party, with a strong implication that other movements would be excluded. He avoided using the words Communism, and socialism, and instead used the term "progressivism". He said small property owners would be left alone and small Afghan industries encouraged. He warned that Afghanistan's enemies are sowing discord, but the country's friends will stand by it. Mr. Amin's Soviet Union-backed government has been under pressure throughout its existence because of the fighting to the north and west of the country.