Islamic Emirate: Claims of Russian Assistance towards the Mujahideen are Baseless

April 14th 2017

For some time now certain circles, through the media have been propagating the claim that the Russian government is providing material support to the Taliban. The Islamic Emirate strenuously rejects such claims. The Islamic Emirate has not receive any form of military or logistical support from Russia. The Islamic Emirate has proven over the past 16 years that with the assistance of Almighty Allah and the full support of its nation, it can successfully engage and resist the foreign occupation.

 

However it should be clear that the Islamic Emirate – as a representative of its people and a guarantor of its national interests – seeks to develop cordial relations with all its neighbors and regional powers. To this end it considers political dialogue with these parties as an indispensable tool so long as it do not hurt our Islamic or national interests.

 

The Islamic Emirate during its rule had similarly sought to nurture cordial international relations. The establishment of such international relations are not detrimental to any nation or their national interests. On the contrary the Afghan nation and their war-weary people are in need of such an expansion of relations. Certain intelligence-sponsored outlets – at the behest of foreign occupiers – propagate such rumors so as to deviate our people and prolong the foreign occupation. However our Mujahid nation will never be deceived by such negative propaganda.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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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”.

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Islamic Emirate: Humanitarian Assistance should be delivered without Political Motives

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5th April 2017

International surveys show most areas in Afghanistan are in the hands of the Islamic Emirate but according to our survey, the Islamic Emirate has control over more than half of Afghanistan’s soil. There are districts and areas which are liberated since 2001 and people lead their lives under the administration of the Islamic Emirate. In the past one and a half decade, when there were 100,000 invading American troops and according to the statements of the American officials, USD 783 Billion have been spent by them in Afghanistan so far but notwithstanding that they have not succeeded in taking back these areas from the Islamic Emirate. Therefore, it is a ground reality that the Islamic Emirate is an undeniable military and political force of Afghanistan under whose administration more than half of 32 million people of the country are living.

The Islamic Emirate has appointed its provincial governors, district governors, commanders, judges, heads of education, and heads of Health and…… departments for every province. They efficiently and regularly work in their concerned departments. The Afghan people praise the swift performance and transparency of the Islamic Emirate especially of the judiciary as compared to that of the Kabul Administration. They solve their legal and criminal issues at the courts of the Islamic Emirate because no corruption exists there. But unfortunately, the international community and international organizations still have not extended their assistance to the ordinary Afghans living in these areas, though they need them but resort to double standards as far as distribution of humanitarian assistance to these people is concerned. The international charity organizations, especially the Islamic charity organizations should come forward to assist ordinary Afghans in areas under the control of the Islamic Emirate after coordination with the concerned departments of the Islamic Emirate to assist in construction of orphanages, schools and supply of textbooks as well as in the treatment of tuberculoses, measles, cough, hepatitis, malnutrition and maternity-related diseases. The Islamic Emirate is committed to maintaining their security.

Moreover, journalists have showed a one-sided picture of the Afghan issue to the world and of our people during the past one and a half decade. This is a one-sided and distorted picture. They should familiarize themselves with the sufferings of more than half population of Afghanistan and inform the rest of the people about them. This is the responsibility of all impartial journalists to expose and convey to others the truth about their countrymen. Therefore, we call upon journalists to make documentary reports in coordination with the cultural commission of the Islamic Emirate about areas under the control of the Islamic Emirate. They should tell realities about the governance and daily life, demand and needs of the people and carry out their responsibility emanating from their selfless commitment towards their people.

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”.

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Percent of Country under the control of Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate

First published 26th March 2017

This report – published by the Commission for Cultural Affairs of the Islamic Emirate after a long rigorous research – showing the percent of areas under complete control of Mujahideen, complete control of enemy, mostly under Mujahideen control and other statistics.

1 – HELMAND

  1. Baghran, Baghni, Musa Kala, Nawzad, Nawa, Khanasheen, Deshu and Sangin (fell under Mujahideen control on 23 March 2017) are completely liberated.
  2. In Garmsir, Marjah, Nad Ali, Gerishk, Kajaki and Washir, the enemy only controls the district centers (around 2% territory) while 98% areas are under Mujahideen control.
  3. Babaji and Nahri Siraj are new districts in the setup of Islamic Emirate and are completely liberated.
  4. The enemy only controls 5% of Lashkar Gah, 95% of territory including PD1, PD2 and PD3 are under the control of Mujahideen.

 

2 – PAKTIKA

  1. Neka, Chahrbaran, Omna, Dela and Geyan are completely liberated.
  2. Mujahideen control 60% areas in Zerhok, Gomal, Sarhawza, Khushamand, Waza Khwa and Bermal district whereas 40% territory including the district centers are with the enemy.
  3. Urgun, Yousuf Khel, Sarobi and Jani Khel district are split, 50% under Mujahideen control and 50% under enemy control.
  4. Provincial capital Sharana, Mata Khan, Yahya Khel, Khair Kot, Tarwa, Wormayi and Shakin are under 70% enemy control, 30% Mujahideen control.

 

3 – KANDAHAR

  1. Ghorak, Registan, Miyanasheen and Shorabak are completely liberated.
  2. In Maiwand, Shahwalikot, Khakrez, Maruf and Arghastan, 80% territory is in Mujahideen control and the remaining 20% with the enemy.
  3. Mujahideen do not control any specific area in Dand, Panjwai, Zhari, Arghandab, Daman, Takhta Pul and Boldak, only carryout guerilla attacks.

 

4 – FARAH

  1. Gulistan, Bakwa, Bala Baluk, Pusht Koh and Khak-e-Safid are completely liberated.
  2. Farah Rod, Pusht Rod and Anar Dara are 97% under Mujahideen control, only 3% including district centers under enemy control.
  3. Enemy controls 96% areas in Shebkoh and Jwand, Mujahideen control 4%.
  4. 20% territory of Pur Chaman is under Mujahideen control, rest with enemy.
  5. Provincial capital Farah is split, 50% under Mujahideen and 50% under enemy control.

 

5 – GHAZNI

  1. Nawa, Khogyani, Rasheedan and Zana Khan are completely liberated.
  2. Gero district center and 2% territory is under enemy control, rest under Mujahideen control.
  3. Enemy controls district centers and 20% territory in Waghaz, Shilgar, Deh Yak, Qarabagh, Aab Band and Gelan, 80% areas under Mujahideen control.
  4. Mujahideen control 60% areas of Maqur, Khwaja Omari and Jaghatu, enemy controls 40% including district centers.
  5. Nawar, Ajiristan and Malistan are under complete enemy control, Mujahideen carry out guerilla attacks.

 

6 – SARIPUL

  1. Kohistan, Al Badr, Al Fath and Sheram are completely liberated.
  2. Enemy controls 10% area including district centers in Sozma Qala and Sayyad, 90% territory under Mujahideen control.
  3. Saripul capital, Sangcharak and Sayedabad are split, 50% under enemy and 50% under Mujahideen control.
  4. Gosphandi and Balkhab are 90% including district centers under enemy control, 10% under Mujahideen control.

 

7 – FARYAB

  1. Khwaja Musa and Khaibar are completely liberated
  2. 80% territory in Qisar, Almar, Lolash, Pashtun Kot and Jumma Bazar are under Mujahideen control, 20% including district centers under enemy control.
  3. Mujahideen control 90% areas of Chilgazi, Shireen Tagab, Dawlatabad and Bandar districts, enemy controls 10% including district centers.
  4. Gurziwan and Andkhoi are split, 50% under enemy and 50% under Mujahideen control.
  5. Only 10% areas of the capital Maimana and Balchiragh district are under Mujahideen control, enemy holds 90% territory.

 

8 – URUZGAN

  1. Kharjoi district is completely liberated.
  2. Enemy only controls 3% territory (only district centers) in capital Tarinkot, Chinartu, Khas Uruzgan, Chahr Chino, Chora and Dehrawod districts, 97% under Mujahideen control.

 

9 – BAGHLAN

  1. Dahna Ghori and Tala wa Barfak are completely liberated
  2. 70% of capital Puli Khumri and Markazi Baghlan are under Mujahideen control, enemy controls centers and 20% areas.
  3. Mujahideen control 30% of Burka and Doshi, 70% under enemy control.
  4. Khinjan, Puli Hisar, Deh Bala, Banu, Jalga, Khost, Fareng and Guzar Gah are under completely enemy control, Mujahideen only carry out guerilla attacks in some districts.

 

10 – KUNDUZ

  1. 95% area of Dasht-e-Archi and Chahr Dara are under Mujahideen control, enemy only controls 5% including district centers.
  2. Qala Zaal and Imam Sahib are 70% under Mujahideen control, 30% including district centers with enemy.
  3. 20% including district center of Khanabad is under enemy control, 80% in Mujahideen hands.
  4. Ali Abad is 60% under Mujahideen control, 40% including district center is with enemy.
  5. Three new district centers newly created by enemy (Gul Tapa, Kalbad and Aqtash) are completely liberated however are not formally recognized by Islamic Emirate as districts.

 

11 – PAKTIA

  1. Arma is completely liberated
  2. Only 6% territory including district centers of Zurmat and Jani Khel are with enemy, 94% is under Mujahideen control.
  3. 70% areas of Sayed Karam, Laja Mangal and Ahmad Khel are under Mujahideen control, 30% including district centers are with enemy.
  4. Mujahideen control 30% territory in Waza Zadran and Tsamkani, rest is with enemy.
  5. Capital Gardez, Zazi Aryub and Patan are split, 50% area with enemy and 50% area with Mujahideen.

 

 

12 – ZABUL

  1. Nawbahar and Khak-e-Afghan are completely liberated.
  2. In Daichopan and Atghar, enemy only controls 10% including district centers while 90% territory is under Mujahideen control.
  3. Original district center and 70% area of Arghandab is under Mujahideen control, enemy controls 30% including an arbitrary check post called a district center.
  4. Mujahideen control 60% territory of Mizana, Seyuri, Shomolzi, Shahjoi, Shahr-e-Safa and Shinki districts, rest including district centers are with enemy.
  5. 60% of the capital Qalat is in enemy hands, Mujahideen control 40% area.

 

13 – BADAKHSHAN

  1. Warduj and Yamgan are completely liberated.
  2. In Jurm and Raghistan, only district centers remain with enemy while 95% territory is under Mujahideen control.
  3. Badakhshan capital is 25% under Mujahideen control, rest is with enemy.
  4. 60% territory in Baharak, Kohistan, Yawan, Yaftal Payen, Tagab, Argo, Darayem and Shuhada is in Mujahideen control, 40% including district centers with enemy.
  5. Arghanj Khwa and Keran wa Munjan are 70% under Mujahideen control, 30% with enemy.
  6. Enemy has presence in district centers of Khash, Tashkan, Mamai, Nasai, Shakai, Kof Aab, Khwahan, Zebak, Shaghnan, Ishkashem, Shar-i-Buzurg and Wakhan but due to the areas being remote, the Mujahideen nor the enemy hold any territory.

 

14 – BALKH

  1. Alburz is completely liberated.
  2. Control of Chimtal, Chahr Bolak and Shor Tepa is split, 50% with enemy and 50% with Mujahideen.
  3. 25% territory in Nahr Shahi, Dawlatabad and Sholgara is under Mujahideen control, enemy controls 75%.
  4. In Chahrkeen, Kaldar and Khas Balkh, enemy controls 80% area and Mujahideen only 20%.
  5. Mujahideen carry out guerilla attacks Zari, Keshenda, Dehdadi and Chahi districts.

 

15 – LAGHMAN

  1. E95%nemy only controls district center of Badpesh, Mujahideen control 95% territory.
  2. 70% area of Daulat Shah, Alishang and Alingar is under Mujahideen control,, 30% including district centers are with enemy.
  3. Enemy controls 80% territory in the capital Mehtarlam and Qarghaye district, Mujahideen 30%.

 

16 – MAIDAN WARDAK

  1. 95% of Jaghatu and Jalga are completely under Mujahideen control, enemy only controls 5% including district centers.
  2. Sayedabad, Chak, Nerkh, Jalrez and capital Maidan Shahr are 70% under Mujahideen control, 30% enemy including district centers under enemy control.

 

17 – NIMROZ

  1. Delaram, Khashrod and Chakhansur are 90% under Mujahideen control, 10% including district centers with enemy.
  2. In Chahrbarki and Kang, 30% territory including district centers are with enemy while remaining 70% territory in Mujahideen control.
  3. In provincial capital of Nimroz, Mujahideen control 30% are and the enemy controls rest.

 

18 – SAMANGAN

  1. Dara Suf and Hazrat Sultan are 60% under Mujahideen control, 40% including district centers are with enemy.
  2. Mujahideen control 20% area in the capital Aibak and Tashqurghan district, enemy controls rest.
  3. Feroz Nakhchar, Rue Doaab and Khoram districts are completely under enemy control.

 

19 – KABUL

  1. Around 40% territory of Sarubi district is under Mujahideen control, 60% in enemy hands.
  2. Mujahideen maintain presence in 20% area of Musahi, Khak-e-Jabbar, Chahr Asyab, Paghman, Shakar Dara, Qarabagh, Deh Sabz and Bagrami districts, rest is in enemy control.
  3. Mujahideen only carry out guerilla attacks Gul Dara, Mir Bacha Kot, Farza, Kalakan and Astalef districts.

 

20 – KUNAR

  1. 80% of Kunar capital Asadabad is in enemy control, Mujahideen control 20%.
  2. Mujahideen control 80% territory in Marawara, Khas Kunar, Sarkano, Shegal, Dangam, Asmar, Nari, Nurgul, Tsukai, Narang, Watapur and Chapa Dara (Kandi), enemy only controls 20% area including district centers.

 

21 – DAIKUNDI

  1. Enemy only control district centers of Ajiristan, Gezab and Kajran districts.
  2. Keti, Eshtarli and Khadir are 30% under Mujahideen control, 70% enemy.
  3. Mujahideen do not control any territory in Nawmesh, Shahristan, Neli, Maramor and Sang-e-Takht districts.

 

22 – HERAT

  1. Enemy controls 30% area including district centers of Shindand, Gulran, Kushk-e-Kohna and Adraskan, Mujahideen control 70% territory.
  2. Farsi, Chisht Sharif, Awba, Pashtun Zarghun and Rabat-e-Sangi are 80% under enemy control, 20% Mujahideen.
  3. Mujahideen only carryout guerilla attacks in Ghoryan, Zanda Khan, Injeel, Guzara, Kohsan and Karukh districts.

 

23 – TAKHAR

  1. Mujahideen control 70% territory of Darqad district, enemy control 30% including district center.
  2. Khwaja Bahauddin is 40% under Mujahideen control, 60% enemy.
  3. 20% area of Khwaja Ghar and Eshkamesh is under Mujahideen control, 80% enemy.
  4. Yangi Qala is 85% under enemy control, 15% Mujahideen.
  5. Provinical capital Taluqan, Baharak, Bangi, Chal, Chah Aab, Dasht-e-Qala, Rustaq, Farkhar, Kulfgan, Namak Aab, Warsaj and Hazar Somoj are under complete enemy control.

 

24 – JAWZJAN

  1. Qushtepa, Darzab and Khwaja Dukoh is 70% under Mujahideen control, 30% including district centers in enemy hands.
  2. 60% territory of capital Sheberghan is under Mujahideen control, 40% enemy.
  3. Mujahideen control 90% area of Faizabad, Aqcha and Khanaqa districts, enemy controls 10% including district centers.
  4. Mujahideen only carry out guerilla operations in Qarqeen, Kham Aab, Mangajek and Mardeyan districts.

 

25 – KAPISA

  1. Alasay is 95% under Mujahideen control, 5% including district center is with enemy.
  2. 70% territory of Tagab district is under Mujahideen control, 30% enemy.
  3. Najrab district is split, 50% with enemy and 50% with Mujahideen.
  4. Mujahideen only carry out guerilla attacks in provincial capital, Hisa Awal, Hisa Du and Koh Band districts.

 

26 – LOGAR

  1. Kharwar district center and 90% area is liberated, enemy only maintains presence in desert area equaling 10%.
  2. 10% including district centers of Baraki Barak, Tsarkh and Azra are under enemy control, Mujahideen hold 90% territory.
  3. Mujahideen control 30% area in Logar capital and Muhammad Agha districts, enemy controls 70%.

 

27 – NANGARHAR

  1. 95% of Hisarak and Sherzad districts are under Mujahideen control, 5% including district centers with enemy.
  2. Surkh Rod, Chaparhar, Pachir Agam, Mohmand Dara and Ghani Khel districts are split, 50% in enemy and 50% in Mujahideen hands.
  3. Khogyani, Bati Kot and Lalpura are 75% under Mujahideen control, 25% enemy.
  4. Enemy controls 75% of Rodat and Behsud districts, Mujahideen 25%.
  5. Mujahideen only carry out guerilla operations in Kama, Khewa, Dara Nur, Gwashta and Dur Baba.
  6. Deh Bala, Kot, Spin Ghar, Achin and Naziyan districts are 25% under Mujahideen control, 30% enemy and 45% under miscellaneous bandits.

 

28 – BADGHIS

  1. Tagab Alam is completely liberated.
  2. Gormach is 95% under Mujahideen control, enemy only holds 5% area including district center.
  3. 90% territory of Sang Atesh, Daraboom and Marghab is in Mujahideen control, 10% with enemy.
  4. In Qadis, Jwand, Maqur and Aab Kamari, 75% territory is under Mujahideen control, 25% in enemy hands.

 

29 – KHOST

  1. Qalandar is completely liberated.
  2. Enemy controls all areas of Khost capital, Domando, Dara Gatai Tanai, Zazi Maidan and Mandozi districts.
  3. Spera, Mestarbal, Lagan, Nadirshah Kot and Musa Khel are split, 50% with enemy and 50% with Mujahideen.
  4. Gorbuz is 90% with enemy, 10% with Mujahideen.
  5. Alisher is 70% with enemy, 30% with Mujahideen.
  6. Sabari district is 70% under Mujahideen control, 30% in enemy hands
  7. Bak is 60% with enemy, 40% with Mujahideen.
  8. Babrak Tanha is 20% with Mujahideen, 80% with enemy.

 

30 – NURISTAN

  1. Mandol is completely liberated.
  2. Enemy only control district centers of Kamdesh, Wanat Waygel and Do Aab districts, Mujahideen control 95% territory.
  3. 60% areas of Bargmatal, Wama and Nuragram are under Mujahideen control, 40% under enemy control.
  4. Enemy controls 75% of capital Parun, Mujahideen control 25% area.

 

31 – BAMIYAN

  1. Enemy fully controls Bamiyan, Yakawlang, Panjab, Wars and the capital.
  2. Mujahideen have presence in 5% area of Kahmard, Sheghan and Shebar districts.

 

32 – GHOR

  1. Marghab district, newly created by Islamic Emirate is under complete Mujahideen control.
  2. Enemy only controls the district center of Pasaband (Shinkot).
  3. 80% area of Chahrsada, Dawletyar and Tywara districts are 70% in Mujahideen hands, 30% enemy hands.
  4. Saghaz, Tolak, Shharak and Dulayna are 65% under Mujahideen control, 35% with enemy.
  5. Lal Sarjungle is 40% in Mujahideen hands, 60% in enemy hands.
  6. Mujahideen maintain control over 30% territory of provincial capital, enemy holds 70%.

 

33 – PARWAN

  1. Enemy only controls district center of Siya Gerd district, 95% territory is under Mujahideen control.
  2. Mujahideen hold 60% of Shinwar and Koh Safi district, 40% is with enemy.
  3. Sher Ali is 70% with enemy, 30% with Mujahideen.
  4. Surkh Parsa, Bagram, Sayed Khel, Jabal Siraj, Salang and capital Charikar under enemy control, Mujahideen carry out guerilla attacks.

 

34 – PAJSHIR

  1. Mujahideen have presence in Dara Abdullah, Paryan and Rakha districts, do not hold any territory.
  2. Mujahideen do not have any presence in Shatal, Anaba, Khunch, Abshar and provinicial capital.

 

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid

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”.

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Islamic Emirate: The Enemy’s Futile Propaganda

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April 14th 2017

The enemy has assiduously and repetitively tried to blot the Islamic Emirate’s faithful campaign and to this day has kept up its slanders, attributing the achievements of the Islamic Emirate to foreign powers, trying to sow dissension between the Mujahideen and the people, attempting to justify their barbarity, and make excuses to prolong their injustices. However, the people of Afghanistan know the Mujahideen very well since this movement sprang up from within them and to this day is supported by them. Hence the people see right through the regime’s futile propaganda.

 

Over the past decade and a half, whatever progress the Mujahideen has made, the regime has tried to accredit foreign powers with. The regime is so unrestrained in their malign defamation that their troops regularly and shamelessly claim in the media that foreign soldiers and commanders are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Mujahideen.

 

All thanks be to Allah, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is fully and unequivocally supported by the local populace and owes no debts to foreign powers. The help of Allah and the support of the people is all the Mujahideen have ever relied on in waging their sacred campaign.

 

The Mujahideen receive no material support from Russia, nor from Pakistan or Iran. While the Islamic Emirate has established diplomatic contacts with various nations near and far, attended numerous internationally convened conferences, highlighted their policies to the international community, and has consistently tried to advance peace for our people, yet it has never taken any steps that could prove detrimental to the prosperity and advancement of our dear nation.

 

The Islamic Emirate is a firm believer in utilizing multi-dimensional approaches to gaining independence and achieving our political aspirations. Therefore it has waged a widespread military campaign in addition to its round the clock diplomatic efforts. No matter how hard the regime tries and paints the Islamic Emirate’s diplomatic contacts as a form of military assistance or servitude, yet they will never succeed and only prove that the regime is so immersed in its own propaganda that it has lost all touch with the ground realities.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights 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”.

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Islamic Emirate: Who Supports the Mujahideen?

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April 12th 2017

The two-headed regime of Kabul – assembled at the behest of former US Secretary John Kerry – and their affiliated media have recently changed tact and for some time now have been earnestly propagating that the Taliban receive weaponry and support from the Russians.

Prior to this they used to claim that Al Qaeda arms and supports the Taliban and before that they claimed that Saudi Arabia and other Arab states support them. In addition, the classification of the Taliban as a Pakistani proxy has been a near constant theme in their official and unofficial communications.

Such propaganda by the enemy regime is not new. Ever since the Americans invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban government, their handpicked, foreign-serving expatriate regime has constantly fabricated such associations based on imaginary ‘alternative facts’ and have fed it to our nation. To this day the regime has failed to produce a single shred of evidence that justifies their preposterous claims.

In reality this expatriate regime cannot blind the Afghan nation to the fact that this regime was installed at the foreign occupiers’ behest, was filled with their hand-picked men that came to Afghanistan in foreign planes and with foreign security details, whose family and wealth to this day resides in their foreign adopted homes, and who openly serve foreign interests. So in order to equalize their opponents they constantly seek to attribute the resistance to foreign ‘unseen’ forces and thus hope to avoid their compromised position of serving the foreign occupiers. This shameful regime doesn’t even attempt to hide the fact that they serve foreigners. Their only purported defense is that the resistance supposedly also serves foreign interests and thus the two are on par in working against their nation.

This home-grown resistance of the Afghan nation has endured the many challenges of the past 15 years and has endured and survived solely with the help of Allah Almighty and the material support of the native population. If anyone claims otherwise we encourage and challenge them to openly present their evidence to support their baseless claims.

The reason for such astounding claims is the fact that the American people have now ‘bored’ off their ‘pet’ regime in Kabul and feel no empathy towards its fate. The regime understands its irrelevance in the new atmosphere and dedicatedly fabricates new and novel claims that it hopes will grab American attention and keep them relevant. In the past the regime actively supported certain criminal groups and used their activity to claim that ISIS had taken a foothold in the country and will use this foothold to destabilize the entire region. When the Taliban routed these criminal groups and denied them any space in the country, the regime lost its opportunity to grab their master’s attention. With America’s new found Russophobia the regime once again hopes to capitalize on the latest political craze of Washington and is now pushing the absurd claims that Kremlin is arming and supporting the Taliban.

The truth of the matter is that the Taliban – having survived the trials and tribulations of foreign occupation – has now emerged as a powerful and undeniable political force of the Afghan landscape. More and more foreign governments are beginning to appreciate this fact and thus are trying to develop back channel communications with this political movement. The Kabul-based regime had long ago lost practical control of the land, and now, are losing any semblance of political control and hence is concocting new and novel claims to try and decelerate its imminent demise.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights 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”.

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Abdul Hamid Faruki on the life and activism of Ahmed Kathrada, “anti-apatheid giant” of South Africa

“In death, you once more challenge people from every strata, religion, and position to think about how their own actions do and can change the world for better or worse.” – Ahmed Kathrada

A few days ago, South Africa lost one of its anti-apartheid giants; #AhmedKathrada. A political activist from the age of 12, he spent almost his entire life fighting for human rights and against apartheid. A Muslim of Indian origin, he represented his people. The Blacks of South Africa received the worse oppression under the Dutch, but every other ethnic minority had their fair share. They realised that if they were to gain freedom, then unity was key.

Ahmed Kathrada was sentenced to life imprisonment, spending 26 years in jail. He served 18 of those on the infamous Robben Island alongside with his close friend Nelson Mandela. While in jail, Kathrada still completed Bachelor’s degrees in History/Criminology as well as three other degrees. Prison still didn’t take away his zeal for education, and fighting for the opportunity to be educated. South Africa is very close to me, and always will be. I lived there (Cape Town) for 2 years as a teenager and became a different person. My first insight into racism and discrimination was there, not at me personally, but to the black community and other minorities. I had the slight “privilege” of being a British. My first acts of activism at the age of 16 was in SA, it was nothing major, but it was a start. I visited Robben Island and saw the prison cell of Nelson Mandela. The island is a beautiful place, but it shouldn’t deter anyone from the horrors that took place there. One may compare it to Alcatraz or today’s Guantanamo.

Robben Island has imprisoned many political prisoners over the last couple of centuries. It also has some Islamic history to it. Many scholars and Muslim political prisoners have spent time there, including Sayed Abdurrahman Moturu. He was one of Cape Town’s first Imams and was exiled to the island. He died on the island in 1754 and is buried there, and I had the honour to visit his grave. It is said that during the time of apartheid, many prisoners including Mandela would seek inspiration and strength from Sayed Abdurrahman Moturu.

Ahmed Kathrada has left a legacy behind which hopefully South Africans can continue. Living there as a young Muslim coming from a privileged background, I learned some great things about Muslims in South Africa. My relatives used to tell me stories about life under apartheid. The activism, the marches and protests, clashes with the police, imprisonment, and racism. The way they overcame it, was through unity. A bond which is so powerful and one which today we still can’t seem to work out. Muslims living in the West could do with taking lessons from those in South Africa. The country has produced great Muslim scholars, academics and activists under oppressive circumstances. During their fight, the Muslims in SA didn’t worry about a person being from a certain school of thought, or ideology. The Dutch didn’t care when they came to take away their rights and dignity. Simply testifying to the declaration of your faith was enough for them.

People of colour around the world can seek inspiration from South Africans and Africans in general. The inhabitants have forever shown resilience, courage and strength in the face of adversity. Fail or succeed, wasn’t what it was all about necessarily, but it was important to resist and stand firm against oppression. Living in South Africa opened my eyes to many things. As a Muslim it was great too, after all Islam has been there for almost 350 years. The one thing I noticed there, was the softness in the Muslims, but the strength when needed. Spiritual and kind hearted, but when the time came, they didn’t hesitate to show another side. I suppose this is why the likes of Ahmed Kathrada were so successful in achieving what they did, or at the very least have a positive impact on others.

Putting Islam and activism together, for what it’s worth, if there ever was some advice I would give to Muslims in the UK and around the world, it’s this; Islam does not need reformation nor a revolution, it needs a revival. Islam itself was revolutionary. It did something to its followers in the early days. It created people of justice, strength, humility and ethics. The Islamic world has created great giants, and today we are losing many of them one by one, and Ahmed Kathrada was one of them. It sometimes worries me about those that have replaced these legends. In a world full of darkness, Muslims need to show more softness, spirituality, sympathy, empathy and respect. Not just for others, but for our own too. The reality is, we need to turn to our Lord, before we return back to our Lord.

May Allah have mercy on the soul of Ahmed Kathrada, grant him Jannat ul-Firdaus, and honour his efforts by us continuing his legacy, Ameen.

Abdul Hamid Faruki

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights 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”.

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Pakistan: TTP JA claim responsibility for Parachinar blast as victims’ families raise security concerns

Protesters carrying bodies of victims question security after recent bombings

(Image posted by Bushra Gohar)

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (TTP JA) have claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing in Parachinar, Kurram district of Pakistan close to the border with Afghanistan on March 31 which left 24 dead and 90 injured.

The attack took place at an Imambargah, a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. BBC stated, “reports say a car packed with explosives was left near the women’s entrance of the mosque as people gathered for Friday prayers.”

The victims included “four-year-old Zehra and her brother Ali, barely 13 months old” according to the Express Tribune. Their mother died in the blast and another relative is critically injured, see following story,

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1371962/sadness-rage-parachinar/

TTP JA statement claiming responsibility

The statement came showing a letter head with the name Operation Ghazi, Abdul Rasheed Shaheed who was killed in the Red Mosque raid in Islamabad during the time of President Pervez Musharraf who was also a 4 star army general. The following is a translation into English, (thanks RA),

“In Parachinar the central Khurram Agency, an old and famous mujahid, Seth Nazir alias Abu Dar Daa’ (bless him), who hailed from Mohmand Agency. In operation Ghazi Abdur Rasheed Shaheed (bless him) carried out a landmark car bomb attack on the worst kafir of the universe, Shia people as a result of which dozens of enemies of anti Islam and anti Sahiba karam were made fuel for the horrific fire of hell.

Since Shia have always been the scum of the kafir and along with the Ummahat e Momeneen (ladies of the virtuous) all Sahaba karam (companions of prophet), they have disrespected them and as per operation Ghazi’s militancy policy are within our area of target. That is why their Centre meaning the Imambargah was made a target and our this explosive laden car was exploded right on the gate of the Imambargah.

These enemies of Islam who are giving madrassa education in Rawalpindi in our dear country and who are involved in the martyrdom of Ulemas and various terrorist activities about which respected Amir Umar Khalid Khurasani Hafiz ullah has announced revenge. Therefore as per operation Ghazi Shaheed, more horrific attacks will be leashed on Shia people. Inshah Allah.”

Asad Mansoor

Spokesperson Tehreek e Taliban (Jamaat ul Ahrar)

#operation_ghazi

#jamaatulahrar

3rd Rajab 1438 H

31st March 2017 C

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Protesters in Parachinar took to the streets carrying the bodies of the deceased at Shaheed Park and demanded immediate action against those involved in the incident according to GEO TV. Several persons were reported injured as security forces opened fire to disperse the crowds. The situation was calmed following negotiations with authorities including the army and police.

January 2017 attack

A vegetable market in Parachinar was also targeted by insurgents back in January leaving 25 people dead and 87 others injured when a bomb went off during peak business hours on a busy Saturday morning. Dawn media reported two separate claims of responsibility,

“The outlawed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami, in a text message to journalists, claimed that it along with a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) led by Sheheryar Mehsud had carried out the attack.

In a separate statement, the spokesman for the banned TTP, Mohammad Khurasani, said: ‘A well-trained fighter, Saifullah alias Bilal, carried out a suicide attack in Parachinar.'”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1309926/carnage-at-parachinar-market-25-killed-87-injured

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights 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”.

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