President Hafizullah Amin

President Hafizullah Amin

President Hafizullah Amin


• President Hafizullah Amin was a prominent member of the PDPA party. He became President after his predecessor Nur Muhammad Taraki died of “undisclosed illness.”
• The PDPA grew wary of President Hafizullah Amin, as he executed and released a list of as many as 18,000 people in connection to Taraki’s murder, this was solely done to quiet the masses.
• This move didn’t make President Hafizullah Amin very popular and made him notorious for is brutality.
• This gave rise to a number of ‘freedom fighters’. But President Hafizullah Amin took care of this by launching a massive military operation against these groups in Paktia province, this move was quick and successful.
• He looked for support from America and Pakistan to help strengthen his military force, this was not to the liking of Soviet Union, who then invaded Afghanistan.
• President Hafizullah Amin was killed by the members of the Russian Alpha group in 1979.

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