Anonymous said: Are you pashtun?
That I am. Pashtun, Afghan, American, Virginian, Washingtonian, Muslim. :)
Anonymous said: What does pakhtana mean?
Female term for Pashtun.
Anonymous said: Are you related to Abdul Haq? You guys have the same last name...
Anonymous said: How did you get that job at the white house? Is it a job? What do you do? I saw your nowruz post. Could you describe what you did and how you lead up to organizing the nowruz celebration or whatever you do.
Hi! I do not work for the White House. I was invited to the Nawroz event and the roundtable discussion for Afghan-American leaders a couple months prior because of some of the non-profit work I have done for the community. Thanks for your question!
Anonymous said: Didn't the PDPA, specifically Hafizullah Amin give permission to Leonid Brezhnev to enter Afghanistan in order to prevent the mujahideen from causing any more damage to the country or is that just Soviet propaganda?
The Mujahideen was created in response to the Soviet Occupation. The Afghan Communist Coup obviously welcomed the Soviets, to support their Communist control. I am sure the Soviets justified their war in Russia by saying they were stopping the Mujahideen- but in actuality, there was no Mujahideen until they stepped foot into the country. So yeah, I guess it was Soviet propaganda, in Soviet territory. On a side note, there is nothing more despicable than an Afghan communist / watan feroush. To sell out your own country and watch occupiers burn villages and countless people to the ground- all for your own personal gain? Disgusting.
And specifically to your question, obviously it didn’t work out too well for Hafizullah Amin. Amin blindly trusted the Soviets until the very end- who tried to poison him, tried to shoot him by sniper and finally, they invaded the palace and murdered him. He was a puppet, and didn’t realize it until it was too late- when he already invoked terrible hardship upon his people.
A couple years ago, I watched a series of plays at Shakespeare theater called The Great Game: Afghanistan. One segment was on Najibullah, and gave phenomenal insight on the Communist mentality in Afghanistan. If it ever comes around again, I highly recommend it. Until then, here’s a link with info & books on the matter. The Great Game
Hope this helps!
Anonymous said: Were the mujahideen during the soviet war in Afghanistan considered heroes of Afghanistan or war criminals? What about today? Thanks in advance
Mujahideen who fought the Soviet Occupations are the most honorable heroes. The Soviet’s illegally entered our country to swallow our culture, religion and people- inflicted a decade of destruction we have yet to recover from. It was our duty to fight for our freedom, which we successfully did. They were true mujahideen. May they forever be rewarded for the sacrifices they made for our freedom.
However today, the term has been terribly misconstrued. Afghans who fight other Afghans are absolutely warlords. If you participate in a civil war, killing your own for power- you’re no longer Afghan in my eyes.
Shaheed Abdul Haq lead Mujahideen and fought valiantly and honorably against the Soviets until they cowardly retreated. However, the moment the Soviets left, and the varying Mujahideen groups vied for power of the country- Abdul Haq strictly forbade his men from ever participating in the Civil War. He specifically commanded that- even if your brothers shot at you, you never shoot back. THAT is what it means to be a soldier of God, an Afghan & a hero.
Thank you for your question!
who ever saidby Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
“fools rush in”
the dumb thing to do
is to wait
all we ever really have
is this moment
and it’s young….
…..and waiting is death
to what could have begun .