The 8th of Sawr, the victory Afghans against the Soviet occupation in 1992 was commemorated in a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Sunday where government leaders, prominent politicians and former Jihadi leaders had attended.
On this day 27 years ago, Mujahideen factions took over Kabul and toppled the pro-soviet government of Dr. Najibullah, who was president Afghanistan from 1987 to 1992.
Addressing the event, President Ghani said Jihad is the pride of all Afghans and they have paid the ultimate sacrifice for it.
He said that the people of Afghanistan will discuss peace in details in the upcoming Jirga.
“It is a need to hear from around the country about the price of war. Peace cannot be achieved in one day and government has provided the ground for it,” Ghani said. “Peace belongs to the nation and it will be ensured, therefore, we all should surrender to the will and demand of the people.”
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and former Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf called the 8th of Sawr as an important day in the history of Afghanistan.
“The 8th of Sawr is the spiritual pride of the people of Afghanistan,” said Abdullah.
“The entire nation should see towards peace from a united front, but not separately, if they deal it separately, this will be harmed,” said Sayyaf.
However some other speakers such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar described the day the continuation of 7th of Sawr revaluation by the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) which ended the rule of Nadir’s Khan family and established a new system which was known as the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.
“Some people think that this day is the day of victory of the Mujahideen. But some others think 8th of Sawr is the continuation of 7th of Sawr,” said Hekmatyar.
But the political leaders and Abdullah even did not say a single word about the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace which is all set to be held on Monday, April 29.
“We should not see from a doubtful angel towards the peace Jirga and the intention of the government about it,” the Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish said.