Assadullah Sarwari

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Assadullah Sarwari (born in 1941) is an Afghan politician who belonged to the Khalq faction of the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan.

Educated in the Soviet Union, he served as an air force pilot under the monarchy of Mohammed Zahir Shah, and later as the air force garrison commander under President Mohammed Daoud Khan in 1973. The question is what have Russia tach all those people, everyone in Khalq and Parcham become killer. Usually the education leads to the right way but for those people , who served Khalq and Parcham everything was going wrong.

When the Communist government took over he was appointed head of the Afghan intelligence service in 1978.

In September 1979 Sarwari was involved in a plot to oust Prime Minister Hafizullah Amin. After the failure of the plot, he escaped to the Soviet Embassy, where he was given asylum until the Soviet invasion and the fall of Amin in December 1979.

After the invasion, under the government of Babrak Karmal, Sarwari was first given the task of deputy prime minister, but he was soon removed from the government and posted as ambassador to Mongolia.

In 1992, after the collapse of the Communist regime, Sarwari was arrested and remained in prison for more than 13 years.

On December 25, 2005, he was charged with the involvement in the arbitrary arrest, torture and mass killing of hundreds of opponents during his tenure as head of Afghan intelligence for a period of one year. On February 25, 2006, he was sentenced to die by firing squad for ordering the killing of over 400 people; he was cleared of charges involving conspiracy against the post-Communist government. His was the first trial involving war crimes in Afghanistan.

Reuters reported that he received a death sentence in January 2006.[1] In 2008 a court of appeal commuted his sentence to 19 years' imprisonment.[2]


  1. ^ "AFGHANISTAN: Communist era mass grave discovered highlights need for post-war justice". Reuters. December 22, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-01. In January this year, a former Afghan intelligence chief, Assadullah Sarwary was sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in mass killings during the rule of Noor Mohammad Taraki. 
  2. ^ Court condemns communist-era spy chief to 19 years in jail

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