Afghanistan's new President Hafizullah Amin had declared a general amnesty for all Afghans who have fled the country.
Afghanistan's new President Hafizullah Amin had declared a general amnesty for all Afghans who have fled the country. Broadcasting on Kabul Radio on Wednesday (19 September) night four days after a seizing power Mr. Amin said the refugees would be free to return so long as they do not oppose the new regime. But the amnesty has been scorned by Afghan guerrilla groups who distrust Mr. Amin as much as his predecessor, former President Noor Mohamet Tarakki. Mr. Amin is Secretary General of the ruling pro-Soviet Khalq party which has been locked in a bloody civil war with the rebel Moslem tribesmen for the last ten months. Representatives of four rebel Moslem groups, the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, the Afghan National Liberation Front, the Jammat-e-Islami of Afghanistan and the Hizbi-I-Islami, said they would continue their struggle until the establishment of an Islamic regime in Afghanistan. They were speaking in Pakistan, near the Afghan border on Thursday (September 20).
SYNOPSIS: Maulvi Muhammad of the Hizbi-I-Islami commented with an interpret on Mr. Amin's take-over:
The Soviet Union is the Kabul Government's main ally and provides it with considerable aid, including military equipment and some four thousand advisers.
The Moslem rebels claim Russians are also actively participating in the fighting, and were asked if they had ever killed any Russians on the war front.