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Unpaid Afghan soldiers fight to secure newfound peace

23/11/2021 10:54 PM

By Muhammad Afiff Md Adnan

KABUL, Nov. 23  -- A number of soldiers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) are devoting themselves to providing security in the country although they are not paid a salary as of now.

One of them is Ahmadiah Khuber Ahmad Yar Khobab, 32, who said he joined the IEA army without thinking much about the salary that he is not receiving at the moment.

The Kabul native told Bernama through an interpreter that what he is doing with other soldiers is a struggle for religion and to ensure the safety of the people of Afghanistan.

“The reason I joined (as a soldier) since 2005 is because the United States (US) acted brutally at that time by attacking the country, blowing up mosques, and killing innocent people besides violating the honour of women here.

"But now, it has changed, and we are free; and now, we want to take care of our country. I was also imprisoned twice by the US before being released," he told the Bernama reporter who joined the Muslim Care Malaysia (MCM) delegation.

Another soldier, Hajimullah Mukmin, 40, also said the matter (salary) is furthest from his mind.

"I have joined the army for the past 16 years and also have the experience of successfully shooting the US army and its allies," he said.

The reporter met Ahmadiah Khuber and his colleagues at Pali Charkai in Kabul Province as the MCM was handing food aid there.

In addition, the reporter also had the opportunity to travel by road from Taybad in Iran to Islam Qala in Afghanistan where he saw tight border security by Afghan soldiers.

It is different when the party arrived in Herat or Kabul, where there aren’t too many soldiers involved and the situation there is not as dangeous as touted. And upon meeting the soldiers, the reporter was greeted with salutations and smiles as a sign of respect.

Meanwhile, when asked about the allegations of atrocities that took place during the IEA government's takeover, Ahmadiah Khuber said it was all a vicious propaganda.

A Bernama survey found that children went to school as usual in Kabul and elsewhere. Their cheerful faces clearly showed that nothing had happened even though the foreign media reported otherwise about the country.

“That we don’t care about the right to education of women or girls is untrue. If it is true that the right is not given priority, why is my child still in school as usual? We do not deny their rights, and the country is in the recovery phase to give the best to its people," said Ahmadiah Khuber.


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