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By Mr Sayed Sadat

We finally arrived in Kabul that evening. It was quite late and the darkness had taken over the brightness of the day. Now there was another problem, no taxis were available to take us home.

 There was neither transport nor any telephone nor any other way to communicate with friends or family and ask for help. Therefore, we all asked the bus driver to drop us along the main road nearer to our destinations. After a loud and noisy discussion, he finally agreed on one condition that he would be paid an extra amount for that purpose. We all agreed and paid him.

When he dropped me off on the main road, I still had to walk for a long distance as my sister’s house was about a kilometre away. As I climbed down from the bus, I looked around. The scene was disturbing as I was standing in the middle of the road and the houses and buildings around were completely destroyed. The destruction had occurred during the war between the different Mujahidin groups as they battled for power and control. In fact, the whole area was like a city of ghosts.

Walking along the roads in those days was full of risks especially when one was alone. You could face any evil demons in human face spreading around in large numbers. They would approach and surround you at any time from any corner, not only to scare you, but can also kill you for no reason Death   could be waiting for me at any corner in the darkness and I was there all alone walking in the darkness to my destiny praying to the one and only Allah to take care of me. This fear was result of a lawless country where Power was essential for survival to certain people only in the form of strength or numbers.

I was alone, passing through a jungle, full of wild animals in the guise of humans or humans who consider themselves as gods and imposed their own rules and regulations. In fact, these humans were more dangerous than the animals of the jungle.

The animal wouldn’t kill someone for hunger hungry but they would kill to see others suffering in front of them, begging for their lives, they would kill for money or for mere enjoyment. They had no respect for human life.

While walking towards my sister’s home I prayed to ALLAH to help me reach my destiny safely. I wasn’t much far my destiny when I saw a pickup car coming towards me. As it got closer, I saw a man sitting rear holding a gun in his hand and pointing towards me. He yelled at me stop immediately. I understood it was a Taliban patrol car so immediately I held my hands up. 


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During the governing period of Mujaheddin, millions of Afghans were brutally killed. However, mujaheddin leader Professor Sayaaf who destroyed Kabul city and commanders like Zardad fell far below humanity standards that they chose the most inhuman way to torture people through his tamed Militia named Abdullah Shah who was known as the Human Dog. Abdullah Shah was mostly clamped in chains and would attack humans like a wild dog upon commands by his master Zardad who is in United Kingdom Jail for his inhumanity Acts.

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 This vicious cycle had already occurred during the Communist regime prior to the overruling by the Mujahidin where many Afghans returned in the hope of a peaceful country being established by the Mujahidin after going through extreme hardships, sacrificing their own lives and living in exile for several years. However, ongoing wars forced greater number of people to flee the country once again.


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June 17, 2013
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People were extremely devastated, and faced extreme hardship throughout the Communists regime and Mujahidin government which gifted golden chance to Americans and their great allies Pakistan to establish a group that was easily acceptable to the Afghans due to their culture, religion by working towards their long-term strategic goals in the region. Both took great advantages of this vacuum, formed Taliban government, and supported them to fight for their objectives which both Americans and Pakistanis had on their agendas in regards to having dominance over Afghanistan by dispelling the Mujahidin government with the thought of establishing a western type democracy in the country, which was already in chaos. However, they made a huge mistake in evaluating the true intentions of the Taliban. These uneducated Talibans had no knowledge of modern science, technology and civilization. Therefore, Americans and Pakistanis bestowed their full support to Taliban’s to establish their strict extremist government based on very strict Islamic laws (Sharia) which was just named to intimidate people.

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Bearing Witness to Taliban Horror [Kindle Edition] By Sayed Sadat

June 5, 2013
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Before the Talibans came into power in 1996, the previous governments succeeded in destroying the country through different factions, ethnical tribes, languages and even religion.  Instead of stabilization, civil war broke, overtaking the capital city Kabul and Afghanistan as a whole. During the governing period of Mujahidin’s, millions of Afghans were brutally killed. However, mujahidin leader Professor Sayaaf who destroyed Kabul city and commanders like Zardad fell far below humanity standards that they chose the most inhuman way to torture people through his tamed Militia named Abdullah Shah who was known as the Human Dog. Abdullah Shah was mostly clamped in chains and would attack humans like a wild dog upon commands by his master Zardad who is in United Kingdom Jail for his inhumanity Acts.

I quote http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faryadi_Sarwar_Zardad.

This vicious cycle had already occurred during the Communist regime prior to the overruling by the Mujahidin where many Afghans returned in the hope of a peaceful country being established by the Mujahidin after going through extreme hardships, sacrificing their own lives and living in exile for several years. However, ongoing wars forced greater number of people to flee the country once again.

People were extremely devastated, and faced extreme hardship throughout the Communists regime and Mujahidin government which gifted golden chance to Americans and their great allies Pakistan to establish a group that was easily acceptable to the Afghans due to their culture, religion by working towards their long-term strategic goals in the region.

Both took great advantages of this vacuum, formed Taliban government, and supported them to fight for their objectives which both Americans and Pakistanis had on their agendas in regards to having dominance over Afghanistan by dispelling the Mujahidin government with the thought of establishing a western type democracy in the country, which was already in chaos. However, they made a huge mistake in evaluating the true intentions of the Taliban.

These uneducated Talibans had no knowledge of modern science, technology and civilization. Therefore, Americans and Pakistanis bestowed their full support to Taliban’s to establish their strict extremist government based on very strict Islamic laws (Sharia) which was just named to intimidate people.

Later on, they started punishing the citizens, especially women, excluding from all activities including education and enforced many restrictions on their movement’s and  rights which messed up life for every Afghan and pushed them to the edge. They turned against the standard education, closing most schools, and transforming them to Dini-Madrassa (Religious School) where only culture was taught and this destroyed the lives of educated people.

Although Afghans had fled the country during the Mujahidin regime that overtook Afghanistan, the number of refugees significantly increased because the Mujahidin government was scattered into many factions as the civil wars began. This was a major reason why the Taliban Government was formed to stop the country from falling on the wrong path with the thought that Taliban’s were much respected and honest people. Later, the Talibans implemented their strict religious rules and regulations, including corporal punishments in public where no difference was designated between man and women.

Success of the Taliban meant more stripping away of personal autonomy and vindictive punishments by the ‘Soldiers of God’. They acted completely against God’s will and misused religion in order to maintain their tight grip of power without giving anyone their human rights. The general insanity of a country that has lost itself to the brutality of these people and those who preceded them, especially  people who denounced modern science but instead ruled by power of modern guns, is witnessed by the Author as he struggles to come to terms with the horrors occurring in the land of his birth.

Is Afghanistan destined to live in perpetual hell?

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coverThis work of non-fiction is Sayed’s memoir of his journey back to Afghanistan during the oppressive rule of the Taliban. 

Living in Pakistan as refugees, Sayed is a humble family man working for the UN as a driver and earning a good income compared to others. Still, what he witnesses on a daily basis is horrific, as people struggle to survive in a country that has lost itself to constant brutality. 

On his search to find his parents he luckily escapes jail for not having the correct ID and a long enough beard. This is the story of a man struggling to come to terms with the horrors happening in the land of his birth. 

This is a challenging and thought-provoking read that tells it like it is and could disturb some readers. 

The various settings and movements from one to the other maintain the pace of the story and the author captures the true-life situations of good people living in constant fear. This is a work of considerable scope that is a very worthwhile, eye-opening read from start to finish.


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Way to Kabul
Title: Way to Kabul
Author: Sayed Sadat

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This work of non-fiction is Sayed’s memoir of his journey back to Afghanistan during the oppressive rule of the Taliban. Living in Pakistan as refugees, Sayed is a humble family man working for the UN as a driver and earning a good income compared to others. Still, what he witnesses on a daily basis is horrific, as people struggle to survive in a country that has lost itself to constant brutality. On his search to find his parents he luckily escapes jail for not having the correct ID and a long enough beard. This is the story of a man struggling to come to terms with the horrors happening in the land of his birth. This is a challenging and thought-provoking read that tells it like it is and could disturb some readers. The various settings and movements from one to the other maintain the pace of the story and the author captures the true-life situations of good people living in constant fear. This is a work of considerable scope that is a very worthwhile, eye-opening read from start to finish.


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November 20, 2012
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Oliver Stone: ‘Petraeus is no hero’

American filmmaker and critic of the US war machine says the retired general is not worthy of unreserved support.
In the US, former top general, David Petraeus, resigned from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – the media quickly calling it a fall from grace.

This happened just days after the re-election of President Barack Obama, a victory that his supporters call a clear mandate from the American people.

But for Oliver Stone, the Hollywood director, who for years has been obsessing about the role of the military in American society – neither Petraeus nor President Obama are worthy of unreserved support.

In fact, he sees big problems ahead for the US and its president.

Stone has problems with Obama’s foreign policy, his reluctance to reverse George W Bush’s strategies such as the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the country’s race to militarise space and attempts to buy influence around the world.

The celebrated director thinks Petraeus should have been removed a long time ago, that he “screwed up” in Iraq, and was never a “hero”, the military and the media made him out to be.

“The bigger issue is [not the sex scandal] but what he has done in Afghanistan and Iraq and that is the primary issue that the media should concentrate on – which they haven’t,” says Stone. “They have treated him as a hero and they don’t question his record and I think this is what’s most important and it’s been lost in this typical sex scandal, British tabloid kind-of-thing.

“I feel sorry that he should go down for that, I think that he should go down for the truth which is that he screwed it up.”

On this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Rosalind Jordan has a conversation with Oliver Stone about his scathing and sobering analysis of where the US has been and where it is going.


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I am Sayed Sadat, an Afghan, living in New Zealand with my family for nearly a decade. Born in 1963, in a remote village of Wardak, a province to the west of Kabul, in Afghanistan, to devout parents and basically hailing from a pastoral community and forefathers. My late father rose up in life, in service, being a high ranking police official during the regimes of the royalty of the late King Zahir Shah and later continued on promoted levels under the rule of President Dawood Khan, who replaced the late King, becoming the president of the Republic Of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, my life was pleasant from the stage of infancy and continued so during my primary level of education. However, as the Bloody Revolution took place in my country, Afghanistan, life was no longer pleasant.​ After the dawn of revolution, finding opposition, the leaders who stood against the communists backed by the west especially America and the majority of European countries and announced Jihad against the Afghan Communist regime and their allies, The Great Russia. The Communists were backed by the mighty USSR with over 150,000 soldiers from the Red Army of their time, as they invaded Afghanistan with their idealistic follower’s invitation. Therefore, both used unlimited supplies of weapons and their mighty power to control local community, which at the time was referred to as Mujahedeen. This unleashed and brought in a wave of tumultuous upheaval in the life of the countrymen, including my life as well as millions across the country. The very next day of the revolution, many reputable individuals that were serving the country under the government of King Zahir Shah Royalty were put into jail for no particular reason, including my own father. The life that I and family knew had changed forever. It worsened with the outlaying of new rules and regulations by the communists, as a popular resistance movement began and resulted in chaotic conditions. Schooling became disrupted and many were burnt down or simply destroyed. At a tender age of 15 years, I was forced to flee the country to join my father, who had escaped from the ordeals of the communist prison, as he had already sought refuge in Pakistan. But contrary to expectation, I could not reach the levels of proficiency in academic pursuits, being a mere refugee, had to end up, doing odds and ends of multiple menial jobs to earn a sustenance. I had been moved to Iran and lived there for a few years, had to meet the same type of deprivations in my daily life. That respite also got shattered with the unleashing of hostilities and war, fought between Iraq and Iran during that time when Iran was ruling by the great religious man Khomeini in 80s. So I had to flee to Pakistan again, and for nearly ten years worked there, as a driver for the UN, and had to be a part of the convoy carriers, transporting essentials to Afghanistan. Life was hard and tenuous, family life disturbed and no hope for the future. Then godsend, I had managed to seek refuge in New Zealand with my family. Therefore, we could have a comfortable and peaceful life, and my children could have the best possible education. I am father to 5 children. Despite the hardships of life, I started pursuing the things I was most passionate about, painting and writing. Despite not having a high level of education, I continued to challenge myself into doing the things I enjoyed the most and the things that people didn't expect from me. I was also pleasantly surprised at my own achievements, despite of peoples misbelief in my abilities. All of my work has been self taught and born out of sheer imagination because I never had the opportunity of attending school or university where these skills would have been taught to me. Till this date, I have not had a chance to display my art work to the public. I have a very large collection of about 4 to 5 hundred pieces, that ranges from different colours, sizes and materials, and have been produced by different methods and techniques. I am hoping that it will receive an encomium, but either way I am still satisfied with my own work. Regardless of the pain and suffering I have experienced in being away from my homeland for such a long period of time and as well as at such a young age, It has taught me to become a strong and independent human being. Living in exile as a refugee with very limited resources, opportunities and lack of knowledge and skills and on top of having extremely poor health, I am still proud of how far I've come. Lastly, my dream is that hopefully this will be a life changing experience.

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