PESHAWAR: The President of the interim government of Afghanistan Sidbut Ullah Matali told a press conference that Indian pilots were cluster bombing the Afghan mujhadeen positions around Jalalabad where according to him 2000 Indian advisors and airmen and 50 pilots were aiding the Russian backed puppet govt.

Matali claimed that the body of an Indian pilot had been recovered from a downed aircraft and would be produced before the International press soon, to break the illusion of Indian nonalignment and peacefulness. A number of Indian airmen were killed by the Muyhadeen, he added.

He said after finishing this war the Afghan’s would support the Sikhs in their war of independence.

Meanwhile according to another news, a senior aide to Sidbut Ullah Matabi the President of the interim government of Afghanistan the Communications Minister Engineer Ahmad Shah met members of the Panthic Committee, Bhai Wadhawa Singh, Dr. Sohan Singh and Bhai Dhanna Singh.

He expressed his solidarity with the Sikh Freedom Fighters and paid rich tributes to the Sikh struggle. “When we come to power in Kabul we will support the Sikh freedom fighters and will also put pressure on Pakistan to support them,” he said.

“It will not be long before the Brahmin rule in this part of the world will be removed,” he said adding that the Sikh freedom fighters should continue their fight.

A press note from the Panthic Committee in Amritsar bearing the signatures of Bhai Wadhawa

Singh, Dr. Sohan Singh Bhai Dhana Singh and representatives of four organizations of the freedom fighters appealed peace loving people all over the world to take strict notice of the Indian interference in Afghanistan.

The press note said that India was planning to send Sikh units to Afghanistan so that the Sikh image could be tarnished in Afghanistan.

The press note warned Muslims not to be caught in this trap since the move was contrary to the feelings of the Sikh masses who were very sympathetic to the Muslims,

The Panthic Committee said that if the world did not stop the Russian puppet India, it would soon involve other countries of the region in war, just as it did in Sri Lanka.

Indian government’s repression of the minorities was now getting wider publicity abroad, the note said. It expressed the solidarity of the Sikhs with the Afghan mujhadeen and said soon the Afghans and Sikhs would together strike a death blow to India.

A report in the government owned All India Radio said that Pakistan Prime Minister Ms, Benazir Bhutto had requested the Chief of the Afghan organization Hasbelslamia to snap his links with Sikh freedom fighters. Hikmat Yar, the Hasbelslamia chief however rejected Benazir’s request.

Pakistani authorities became aware of the ties after some letters were intercepted.

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 7, 1989