Jamiat-e Islami

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This article is about Jamiat-e Islami Afghanistan. For other organizations with similar names, see Jamaat-e-Islami (disambiguation).
Jamiat-e Islami
جمعیت اسلامی افغانستان
Leader Salahuddin Rabbani
Founder Burhanuddin Rabbani
Founded 1968
Ideology Islamism
Afghan Tajik interests
Religion Islam
Seats in the House of the People
23 / 249
Seats in the House of Elders
0 / 102
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Politics of Afghanistan
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Jamayat-E-Islami (also rendered as Jamiat-e-Islami, Jamiati Islami) (Persian: جمعیت اسلامی افغانستان), is a Muslim political party in Afghanistan. Jamiat-e Islami means "Islamic society" in the Persian and is also known as just Jamiat for short. The majority of the party, the oldest Muslim political party in Afghanistan, are ethnic Tajiks of northern and western Afghanistan. It has a communitarian ideology based on Islamic law but is also considered moderately progressive. During the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the following civil war in Afghanistan, Jamiat-e Islami was one of the most powerful of the mujahideen groups. Former President of Afghanistan Burhanuddin Rabbani led the party from 1968 to 2011.[1]


Young fighters of Jamiat-e Islami in the Sultan Valley of Kunar Province, showing their Soviet captured DShK in 1987.

Jamiat was one of the most popular and broadly spread party during Jihad[clarification needed] with representations in every ethnic group. In Pakistan, Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani gathered important people and established the party. Sayed Noorullah Emad, who was then a young Muslim at kabul university became its general secretary and, later, its deputy chief. Some of its prominent commanders of included Ustad Zabihullah, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Ismail Khan, Atta Muhammad Nur, Mullah Naqib and Dr. Fazlullah. Ahmad Shah Massoud directed the military wing of the party.

In 1979, Massoud, who had joined Jamiat as a university student, organised a mujahideen group in Parwan Province to fight against the Communist government and their Soviet allies. This group grew to control multiple provinces and include thousands of fighters. The Soviet Army launched a series of major offensives to attempt to destroy their forces, but they were unable to engage most of Massoud's men.

After the withdrawal of the Soviet troops in 1988, the mujahideen groups continued to wear down government forces; in 1992 the communist government collapsed entirely. Jamiat's forces were among the first to enter Kabul. Meanwhile, a peace and power-sharing agreement among the leadership of the Afghan political party leaders led to a tentative agreement to appoint Burhanuddin Rabbani, who had spent the civil war in exile, as interim president. The peace agreement was called the Peshawar Accords.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar however, did not support the peace agreement despite the fact that he was repeatedly offered the position of prime minister. Subsequently his Hezb-i Islami attacked the new interim government and the capital of Kabul with tens of thousands of rockets. As Hezb-i Wahdat and Ittihad-i Islami started a second war in 1992 and Dostum's Junbish-i Milli joined Hekmatyar in 1994, Kabul witnessed a gruesome war with massive civilian casualties and destruction of much of the city. In 1995 the Islamic Afghanistan government also with Jamiat forces retained control of Kabul, pushing back a coalition of Hekmatyar's Hezb-i Islami, the Hizb-i-Wahdat and Abdul Rashid Dostum's Jumbish-i-Milli Islami.

By 1995, the Taliban, which had seized control of much of southern Afghanistan with comparative ease the previous year, were advancing on Kabul. Jamiat rejected Taliban demands that they surrender, and the Taliban rejected Jamiat's offer to join a peaceful political process leading towards a general election. In March 1995, Massoud handed the Taliban their first major loss but they regrouped and were then Osama Bin Laden's forces and backed by Saudi Arabia, which allowed them to launch another offensive in mid-1996. Massoud ordered the retreat of his troops among them Jamiat to avoid another bloodbath.

Following the capture of Kabul, the major mujahideen factions put aside their feuds and formed the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan (the United Front), commonly known in the west as the Northern Alliance, with Rabbani, officially becoming its political leader. Other Jamiat members took up senior positions within the United Front government: Yunus Qanuni served as Interior Minister and Dr. Abdullah became Foreign Minister, for example.

On 9 September 2001, Massoud was assassinated by two suicide bombers. Immediately afterwards Taliban forces launched a major offensive against United Front positions. Mohammed Qasim Fahim was chosen to succeed Massoud as leader of Jamiat's military wing and repulsed the Taliban offensive. With extensive assistance from an American-led coalition in October and November 2001 (see War in Afghanistan (2001–present)), United Front forces recaptured most of Afghanistan.



  1. ^ Abasin Zaheer (2011-01-20). "JIA to see leadership changes: Faqiri". Pajhwork Afghan News. Retrieved 2011-07-17. mirror