Afghanistan's Mujahideen (Muslim fighters) controlling body, the Islamic National Revolutionary Council, has decided in principle to establish a provisional government in one of the so-called liberated areas of Afghanistan.
SCU Chairman of Political Committee of Afghan National Revolutionary Council, Mohammed Hakeem Surbulund, speaking in English, in Peshawar, Pakistan.
SCU Vice President of Afghan National Revolutionary Council, Mohammed Umar Babrak Zai, speaking in French.
MOHAMMED HAKEEM SURBULUND: "The Islamic Revolutionary Council of Afghanistan has decided in principle to form a provisional government in one of the liberated parts of Afghanistan. In my opinion as a member of The Revolutionary Council, it is a right step in the right direction. The whole world knows that there is no government in Afghanistan, as far as the people of Afghanistan are concerned. Of course there is (INDISTINCT) one government, and that is a government imposed by the Soviet Union, and this is the government of Mr. Babrak Karmal. The people of Afghanistan rejected this government and the people of Afghanistan would like to have a government of their own, a government which will represent the people of Afghanistan, in Afghanistan itself and outside of Afghanistan."
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Background: Afghanistan's Mujahideen (Muslim fighters) controlling body, the Islamic National Revolutionary Council, has decided in principle to establish a provisional government in one of the so-called liberated areas of Afghanistan. The 68-member Council was formed by the Loy Jirga (Grand Assembly of Afghanistan) which consists of some one thousand tribal leaders and elders. Chairman of its Political Committee is Mohammed Hakkem Surbulund.
SYNOPSIS: Vice President of the Islamic Council, Mohammed Umar Babrak Zai, used the opportunity of this rare appearance before cameras to restate the Mujahideen's uncompromising opposition to the Soviet presence in Afghanistan, both politically and militarily. The Vice President, who was a judge in Kabul before the Soviet Union's military intervention in late December, 1979, poke in French and claimed the Russians are using inhuman devices to wage war. He said they are sowing mines shaped like toys and birds, and that he personally saw a girl pick up one apparently harmless "toy" which exploded and fatally wounded her.