The late Sayed Hussain Anwari was one of the most influential personalities of the Afghan Jihad and resistance, said former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf on Sunday.
Joining Sayyaf, former vice president Mohammad Younus Qanooni said Anwari was not only a great military commander, but also an important politician who played a key role in unifying the political forces in the country.
The statement followed after the prominent Afghan politician, former Jihad commander and military advisor to President Ashraf Ghani, Sayed Hussain Anwari, was laid to rest in Kabul on Saturday.
Thousands of mourners attended the ceremony including high-ranking government officials and his supporters. Anwari’s coffin was transferred from Sardar Mohammad Dawoud Khan hospital to Khatamunnaibian mosque and buried at Eskart hill in Kabul.
Sayyaf on Sunday said Anwari was one of the key pillars of the Afghan Jihad and hailed his contribution to bolstering the political stability of the Mujahdedeen.
“Anwari was an important pillar of Jihad and an outstanding commander. After Jihad he was leading member of the Mujahedeen. He was successful and his views on national issues were important,” Sayyaf said.
Former vice president Qanooni said Anwari was one of the key commanders who fought bravely against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan, adding that Anwari played a key role in the establishment of Jihadi leaders’ council.
“The frontline forces led by Anwari in Sanglakh areas were among the most active fronts and had impacted on the Russian forces in a major way. Besides his military career, Anwari was also a man with unique political views,” said Sayyaf.
Anwari joined the Mujahedeen movement in 1979 and officially started his political career with Hizb-e-Harakat-e-Islami party.
“Among the political figures, it was only Sayed Hussain Anwari who did away with the political and religious borders between the people of Afghanistan. He never exploited politics for his personal objectives,” said Ahmad Zia Massoud, presidential advisor for reform and good governance.