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Honoring the Martyrdom of former Prime Minister Ghafoorzai and His Fellow Befallen

August 21, 2013 marks the 16th anniversary of the martyrdom of Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai, a prominent Afghan political and national figure, and eleven other cadres of the era of Jihad and national resistance. On that ill-fated day, former Prime Minister Ghafoorzai headed a high-level delegation to Bamyan province for consultations with a number of Jihadi leaders in that province.


Tragically, the plane carrying Prime Minister Ghafoorzai crash-landed on the runway of Bamyan airport during descent, resulting in his death, and that of eleven other influential political and cultural figures of the country. The incident will go down in Afghan history as a national tragedy, which placed the Afghan national resistance front and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a state of disarray, and the Afghan nation in grief.

Accompanying members of the delegation who also perished in the plane crash include:  Mr. Aziz Murad, Chief of Staff to the late Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani; Mr. Abdul Haseen Maqsudi and Mr. Sayed Mohammad Sadjadi, members of the Supervisory Council of the Hezbi Wahdat Islamic Party; Mr. Karim Zareh, a senior member of the Junbish-e-Milli Party; Mr. Sayed Hashimi, Corps Commander of the Hizbi Wahdat Islamic Party; Mr. Danishyar, a senior member of Jamiat-e-Islami Party; and Mr. Pakrawan; and Mr. Rahim Rafat, two renown academic and cultural figures.


Late Prime Minister Ghafoorzai was one of Afghanistan’s most prominent political and diplomatic personalities. He always had the best interest of his people at heart, and embraced and acted upon his deep conviction of service to his people and nation.  He was among the patriotic Afghans who stood in support of the Afghan national liberation and resistance movements.


During a most critical and difficult juncture in Afghanistan’s history, Ghafoorzai effectively led the country’s diplomacy against a complex and sophisticated plot, which was orchestrated from within the region. In that respect, in various international forums, he steadfastly raised the voice of an independent and free Afghanistan, and was a strong advocate of the just cause of the liberation movement against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980’s, and later during the era of the resistance. He played a critical role in ensuring the legitimacy of the Islamic State of Afghanistan, an in guaranteeing the rightful place of an independent Afghanistan among the international community, in particular the United Nations, at a time in which Afghanistan’s enemies sought to achieve their hidden objectives. Ghafoorzai was a strong advocate for the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan to help ensure Afghanistan’s success and prosperity.


Ghafoorzai’s personality could best be described as an intellectual, compassionate, and caring figure, who possessed a broad national vision, and a high spirit of sovereignty, firmly committed to a united, strong, independent and prosperous Afghanistan. He was a venerated and trustworthy figure, and an eminent statesman, who is deeply missed by the heroic people of Afghanistan and his fellow comrades. His loss is an irreplaceable one which will never be forgotten in Afghan history.


On this day, the National Coalition of Afghanistan pays tribute to the memory of former Prime Minister Ghafoorzai and his fellow colleagues. The NCA extends its sincere condolences to the families of all the fallen, the four sons of Late Ghafoorzai in particular: Sulaiman, Sediq, Youssof and Omar Ghafoorzai, all of whom are deeply committed to their country.  Mr. Omar Ghafoorzai serves as representative of the National Coalition of Afghanistan.

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