Those who fire
Cinematographer: Baqi Zazai
Duration: 00:10:23; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 2.420; Saturation: 0.006; Lightness: 0.272; Volume: 0.119; Cuts per Minute: 10.200; Words per Minute: 93.341
Summary: Date (Afghan Calendar): 1368
Tone is somewhere between a documentary and a propaganda film. Shows destruction of Jalalabad olive factory and some footage of battles in progress.
Footage Source: Afghan Films 35mm positive
Original Reel No.: positive reel #35
Translated by Rajni Prakash
Those who fire
Jalalabad City, this famous and magnificent city, is the capital of ancient and historical Nangarhar Province. This evergreen land is in eastern part of our ancestral country and its greenery and fragrance of the air has no resemblance anywhere. In recent past, this city had fallen under attack of our domestic and foreigner enemies. That city, whose trees had no acquaintance with ordinary cold of winter, suddenly became the ground of bullets from heavy and light weapons of those man killer enemies who had allergy to prosperity, building, progress, success and finally evolution.
They not only shot at children, women, young and aged men but had no mercy on fruitful and fruitless trees, plants and agricultural land as well. Extremist opponents with the collusion of Pakistani Army, with help of American advanced and modern weapons, and with consultation of Arab Wahabis made the plan of attack on Jalalabad City. This plan was made with their immature fancy that they would capture this city within two or three days and would save the so called dignity of coalition government. If a person looks at the Jalalabad City after that attack and knows the real number of casualties and injuries; or if he looks at dried and yield less land, damaged factories, farms, schools, and mosques; the person's soul will shiver all of a sudden. A person would say that bitter incidents of history from periods of Genghis, Hulagu and other development lovers have been repeated here; or documentary film of acts of Hitler and his companions is placed before one's eyes.
Enemies of people of Afghanistan who captured few places of Jalalabad City through their inhumane attack, took with them whatever was easy to carry, and burned the rest that they were unable to carry. This was the act that foreign attackers had perpetrated on others countries; or the act that Hitler and his companions have left as inheritance after the Second World War. Despite their decisive and shameful defeat, our country's enemies wanted to examine their power once again. It seems they have not learned any lesson from their previous defeats; or so called Pakistani Army has given them this courage from behind the battle field. They think that this mortar fight is a must for them and this is a matter of making history.
Respected residents of Jalalabad and residents of nearby areas who were injured in this imposed war underwent medical treatment in Jalalabad hospital. Among these injured, members of the enemies' groups that were left behind in the battle field were also brought to hospital for medical treatment by our brave armed forces.
In order to be more successful, Armed Forces of Republic of Afghanistan were very patient and careful so that fratricide and human casualties could be avoided; but by utilizing this opportunity, enemies gained the courage to proceed further towards Jalalabad City. Armed Forces deployed in Jalalabad managed to draw a defensive line before the invaders with help of Revolutionary Guard and residents of the area. Army and Air Force got ready for fighting. Fighter planes would come to sky with roar and put the enemies' stronghold under their fire.
Our army started their strike and advancement with tanks and a firm stronghold. Enemies immediately lost everything that they had gained. In this heroic armed strike, enemy's arms and ammunition depots and satanic hideouts fell at the hands of our brave armed forces. This way, once more a lesson was taught to our nation's historical enemies who are in cahoots with the Pakistani army that the result of attack on others' land doesn't give you anything but defeat and destruction. The final result of all this valor and sacrifice was prosperity which was ruling in entire city. Now people breathe with relaxation and come out of caves and other hiding places. They leave behind the unfortunate situation of the fighting.
Our brave compatriots fair and holy battle that is going ahead against assault and oppression, has come to an end in some areas, but may be still continuing in some others. This is because enemies continue their fight based on former weak foundation till the last Afghan remains. Till some time back those who used to blame Afghanistan's Republic for being linked with foreigners, now attack the beautiful city of Jalalabad as faction members and supporters of foreigners decisions and instructions and with help of Americans, Arab Wahabis and Pakistani Generals as their consultants. Arrest of Pakistan and Arab nationals in this fighting and also finding bodies of people from these countries proves Afghanistan's claim that assault and fighting on land of Afghans does not have national base but has widely international aspects.
Our dignified and pious compatriots witnessed it together with peace and justice loving world that not only American weapons were used in assault of Jalalabad city, but those army bags and maps that are arranged by the American authorities were also left at the disposal of the extremists. These frontline incidents in Jalalabad city once again point out that even a small nation can not be lost with unjust attacks. These nations will remain alive and enemies of nations will always have stamp of annihilation on their foreheads.
You know this best, that a bloody war is going on against you by Pakistani military government, America and eventually Wahabi Arabs and they have killed thousands of young and old, women and children under name of Islam. Mosques, religious madrasas, schools, roads, and other national properties were destroyed. In last few months in Nangarhar zealous and pious people and strong soldiers of armed forces raised the curtain from their black faces and from under the cover their devilish, ungodly, European type of Wahabi Arabs and like that other servants of foreigners' faces came out naked.
Khwaja Ahmad Shah Seddiqui
Saratan 1368 (June/July 1989)