Researchers Blame Pakistan's ISI For Death Of Ex-President Najibullah

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On the 20th anniversary of the death of former Afghan president Dr. Najibullah’s Ahmadzai, an Afghan research center on Monday claimed the former leader was killed based on an intelligence plan, drafted by regional countries and adopted by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI).

Deputy chief of Afghanistan’s Strategic and Scientific Research Center, Aimal Liyan, said there is evidence to this effect.

“There is evidence which shows that famous Pakistani generals from Pakistan’s intelligence agency such as Aslam Beg, Gen. Hamid Gul the former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI], Nasirullah Babur and others and besides that, there were other intelligence officials from other countries. The plan to kill Najibullah was implemented by ISI,” he said.

He added: “Dr. Najibullah was in favor of unity among Afghans. He wanted peace in the country but he was killed.”

Meanwhile, Suleiman Layiq, one of Najibullah’s supporters, said: “He [Najibullah] had good relations with people. He was an honest man.”

“Twenty years after Najibullah’s death we see that his demands which was unity among the people have not been fulfilled yet,” said Aryan Khabir, another supporter of the former president.

Najibullah was president of Afghanistan from 1987 until his ousting by the mujahedeen in 1992. He then lived in the United Nations headquarters in Kabul until 1996, when the Taliban took control of Kabul.

Until now, reports indicated that after entering Kabul in the fall of 1996, the Taliban killed Najibullah and his brother Gen. Ahmadzai and then hanged them in Ariana Circle in the city.

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