Farah City (Pajhwok): An old man in western Farah province has been observing fast six days in a week apart from Tuesday since the invasion of former Soviet Union in 1979 for the sake of the establishment of peace and stability in the country.
Syed Abdul Qadir, 131, from the Barankot village of Farah City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, he decided to observe fasting and pray for the establishment of peace and stability in the country.
“One night I saw, my late father in my dream who advised me to observe fasting because it was the best deed and relax on Tuesday, so I implemented this advice,” he said.
Abdul Qadir, who felt disappointed and unable to control his tears, said fighting in the county continues unabated and his dream for peace and stability has yet to be accomplished.
In his message to the people of Afghanistan, Abdul Qadir asked them to seek pardon from Allah almighty and pray for the establishment of peace and stability in the country.
On this day back in 1979, the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan to support in order to expand its empire.
In 1978, the Soviet backed Peoples Democratic Party led by Amin carried out a bloody coup against the then democratic government of Sardar Daud Khan and announced the establishment of socialist government.
Soviet invasion of Afghanistan sparked regional and international outrage and several countries decided to support the Afghan resistance against Soviet Forces.