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Shahamat magazine recently conducted an interview with Moulavi Abdul Rahman, the governor and Jihadi in-charge of Jowzjan province. In the following lines, it has been translated into English language for the information of our esteemed readers.
Question: To begin if you could introduce yourself for our respected readers?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم – الحمدلله رب العلمین و العاقبه للمتقین و الصلواه و السلام علی رسوله الکریم و علی آله و صحبه اجمعین.
My name is Moulavi Abdul Rahman and I actually hail from Faryab province. Since last seven or eight months, I have been appointed by the leadership of the Islamic Emirate and have been working as the Jihadi in-charge of Jowzjan province.
Question: How do you evaluate the ongoing ‘Azm’ (Resolve) Jihadi operations?
Answer: By the grace of Almighty Allah, these Jihadi operations have been quite successful throughout Afghanistan. In the wake of these operations a number of districts were liberated and captured by Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate. Provinces even in the northern areas were on the verge of collapse and the control of strategic Kunduz province is an example. Besides these conquests, large amount of ammunition was seized by Mujahidin including various types of military vehicles, artillery, tanks etc. From military point of view we can confidently say that, by the grace of Almighty Allah, Mujahidin are even stronger than their enemy. In brief the internal stooge forces and their foreign masters have both been stunned by the intensity and subsequent success of these Jihadi operations.
Question: How successful were ‘Azm’ Jihadi operations inside Jowzjan province?
Answer: As you might be aware that Jowzjan is one of the strategic provinces of Afghanistan. It consists of ten districts or administrative units. Like any other province it was also the witness of significant achievements and progress of Mujahidin in several areas. Kham Aab district situated on the border with Turkmenistan was completely liberated and conquered by Mujahidin. In this event five Ford Ranger pickup military vehicles, two cannons and substantial amount of ammunition was seized as booty.
Similarly several areas in Darzab district fell under Mujahidin’s control and like Kham Aab this district was also on the verge of collapse while in Koshtapa district, Mujahidin also made significant progress. In brief the enemy is confined to the centres of districts and the suburban areas are completely under Mujahidin’s control.
I can assure you that nearly eighty percent of Jowzjan province is under the control of Mujahidin. Even Shabarghan, the capital city of this province became the target of Mujahidin’s attacks several times. Mujahidin can easily operate against the mercenary forces even in five kilometre circumference of this city which shows and proves their strength and increased influence. In the recent past, a military commission of the Islamic Emirate visited these areas and they were very pleased with our progress.
There are three main roads stretching out from the capital city of Shabarghan; one leads to Faryab province, the second to Saripul province and the third to Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital city of Balkh province. Military check posts of the stooge enemy can only be found on the main roads while Mujahidin are present at the short distance of a few hundred meters in the suburbs of all these main roads. Whenever a military convoy of the stooge enemy tries to pass on these roads towards the neighbouring provinces, they can be easily attacked and their supply lines cut off. In the past they suffered heavy financial losses and casualties in such attacks.
Question: During military operations the biased media reported the presence of general Dostam in the battlefields showing that he is himself commanding the mercenary forces in the northern areas and thus depicting him as a hero. How do you evaluate it?
Answer: This notorious general has been inflated by media channels which are funded by them and thus are impartial. The reality is that they seek to boost the morale of their already disheartened stooge soldiers therefore they depict general Dostam as a war hero. Mujahidin have executed numerous minor and major Jihadi operations in various parts of Jowzjan province and general Dostam failed to prevent them. During fighting in Kham Aab district, he participated along with his well-equipped army but by the grace of Almighty Allah he was badly defeated losing some forty to forty five of his fighters. Several of his generals including general Kamal and seven of his bodyguards were also killed in this fighting. When general Dostam intensified his attacks on Kham Aab district our courageous Mujahidin attacked the central city of Shabarghan. This tactic proved effective as general Dostam and his militia was trapped. They had to forget Kham Aab district and think about the safety and security of the capital city.
The perception that Mujahidin influence in Jowzjan is minor and general Dostam is heavily supported by the masses in the northern areas is not true. The reality is that Mujahidin are overwhelmingly present in these areas and the pious people of north prefer them over general Dostam and his band of notorious militia.
The sole mission of propaganda of the biased media is to encourage the demoralized and defeated enemy mercenary forces and it is completely in conflict with the prevailing ground realities. We expect the noble and pious people of Jowzjan province in particular and all Muslim masses in general to not be deceived by these rumors. As far as the heroism of general Dostam is concerned it was on full display in fighting in Faryab province. He went there with great force but took to his heels when his mercenary militia was utterly defeated by Mujahidin. Now he is left with mere propaganda and a few fighter jets though one of his fighter planes was hit and destroyed by Mujahidin in Aaqcha district.
General Dostam is known as the head of notorious savage Gilam Jam militia whose brutal past will never be forgotten by the noble people of north. A large number of innocent people were martyred by his militiamen and houses of numerous pious people were demolished. Now he is depicted as a hero by some media outlets for the sake of their vested interests but we are sure that it can neither deceive the Muslim masses of north nor can the courageous Mujahidin be dispirited by this biased coverage.
Question: If you could brief us about the conduct of Mujahidin with ordinary people and vice versa?
Answer: As far as I know, by the grace of Almighty Allah, the noble people of Jowzjan province fully support Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate and provide them with all necessities without any force or compulsion. They are very satisfied with the conduct and behavior of Mujahidin who are ever ready to sacrifice their lives for the protection and defence of their life, honor and wealth. This is the reason why even the local dwellers fight side by side with Mujahidin against the mercenary forces of the stooge regime.
On the other side, our constant advice to Mujahidin is that they fully respect the local people, deal with them in an honorable manner and should not be given any chance of complaint. This is the reason why the ordinary people are supportive of Mujahidin and have no respect either for general Dostam or for his unrestrained militiamen.
There are four main ethnic groups living inside Jowzjan province; Uzbeks, Turkmens, Arabs and Pashtuns. Most of our Mujahidin hail from these four ethnicities therefore we enjoy very close and cordial relations with local people.
Another proof of Mujahidin’s popularity and trust among the people is that all law-suits both from suburban and central areas are referred by the local people to the courts of the Islamic Emirate as they are assured that they will find a swift and just solution for all their disputes.
Question: What is the situation of Arbaki (ALP) militiamen in your province?
Answer: [Smiling] By the grace of Almighty Allah, the presence of Arbaki militiamen has substantially decreased in Jowzjan province as most of their notorious group leaders have either been killed or have surrendered to Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate. For the time being we have no concern about them and this conspiracy of the brutal enemy has utterly failed in northern areas.
Question: Besides the Jihadi operations, how do you assess other activities like education, courts, invitation and amalgamation etc.?
Answer: In all these essential walks of life, we have assigned duties to our reliable associates. Since they are fully devoted to their mission therefore they are quite successful in discharging their responsibilities and we are satisfied with their progress.
Question: If you could elaborate on the pledges of allegiance with the new Amir-ul-Momineen (may Allah safeguard him).
Answer: By the grace of Almighty Allah, this ceremony took place in a peaceful and serene atmosphere. When we received the sad news of passing away of late Amir-ul-Momineen (leader of the pious believers) Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may his soul rest in peace) and the appointment of the newly selected Amir-ul-Momineen Mulla Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor (may Allah protect him), we immediately informed and sent for our group leaders and other concerned Mujahidin from all districts to share and discuss the new situation. Condolences were offered to the late Amir-ul-Momineen and simultaneously oath of allegiance was taken for the newly selected Amir-ul-Momineen which was published, as you might be aware, on Alemarah, the official website of the Islamic Emirate. Later on a separate prestigious ceremony of recitation of the Holy Quran was held to condole the soul of his Excellency late Amir-ul-Momineen Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may Allah be pleased with him).
Question: Could you explain your own record in the Islamic Emirate and narrate any memorable event about late Amir-ul-Momineen?
Answer: Fortunately I joined this movement in the early days of its inauguration even before liberating the city of Kandahar. During the reign of the Islamic Emirate, I first worked as the deputy governor of Dand district in Kandahar province. When the major western province of Herat was conquered, I was appointed in the third regiment of military base of this city. Then I worked as the director of power supply in Herat city. I also worked as the director of chamber of commerce, the director of planning department and eventually as the director of Hajj and Trusts department.
I had frequently met and seen the late Amir-ul-Momineen. He was a really pious and righteous person and had a charismatic personality. He led a very simple life. Once I was invited as the director of chamber of commerce of Herat province to partake in an economic meeting held in Kandahar city. His Excellency was sitting on a simple plastic sheet spread on the ground and advised us to be very kind and cooperative to the business community of our country and provide them all kind of facilities as they are the backbone of our economy.
Question: To end if you have any message for the masses especially for the people of Jowzjan province which you would like us to convey?
Answer: My sincere message to the all the Muslim masses particularly to noble people of Jowzjan province is to whole heartedly support Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate and to remain steadfast in the path of Jihad. They should rest assured that our pious struggle in not for any worldly benefits or merely for gaining power. The sole aim of our Holy Jihad is to liberate our beloved homeland and to restore Islamic Sharia. They should not forget that our dignity and sovereignty is integrated with Jihad and sacrifices.
The foreign invading forces have been badly defeated on various fronts and most of them have already absconded our beloved homeland. As far as their internal mercenary forces are concerned, they are also on the verge of collapse. Therefor our valiant masses should not lose heart, youth people should join Mujahidin practically in their struggle against the remaining foreign invaders, the business community should financially support Mujahidin and the aged ones should pray to Almighty Allah for our steadfastness and eventual success!!!
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.