An Interview With Moulavi Abdul Rahman, The Jihadi In-charge Of Jowzjan Province
27 March 2016
By Shahamat Emarat
Shahamat magazine recently conducted an interview with Moulavi Abdul Rahman,
the governor and Jihadi in-charge of Jowzjan province. In the following lines,
it has been translated into English language for the information of our
Question: To begin if you could introduce yourself for our respected
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم – الحمدلله رب العلمین و العاقبه للمتقین و الصلواه و
السلام علی رسوله الکریم و علی آله و صحبه اجمعین.
My name is Moulavi Abdul Rahman and I actually hail from Faryab province.
Since last seven or eight months, I have been appointed by the leadership of
the Islamic Emirate and have been working as the Jihadi in-charge of Jowzjan
Question: How do you evaluate the ongoing ‘Azm' (Resolve) Jihadi operations?
Answer: By the grace of Almighty Allah, these Jihadi operations have been
quite successful throughout Afghanistan. In the wake of these operations a
number of districts were liberated and captured by Mujahidin of the Islamic
Emirate. Provinces even in the northern areas were on the verge of collapse
and the control of strategic Kunduz province is an example. Besides these
conquests, large amount of ammunition was seized by Mujahidin including
various types of military vehicles, artillery, tanks etc. From military point
of view we can confidently say that, by the grace of Almighty Allah, Mujahidin
are even stronger than their enemy. In brief the internal stooge forces and
their foreign masters have both been stunned by the intensity and subsequent
success of these Jihadi operations.
Question: How successful were ‘Azm' Jihadi operations inside Jowzjan
Answer: As you might be aware that Jowzjan is one of the strategic
provinces of Afghanistan. It consists of ten districts or administrative
units. Like any other province it was also the witness of significant
achievements and progress of Mujahidin in several areas. Kham Aab district
situated on the border with Turkmenistan was completely liberated and
conquered by Mujahidin. In this event five Ford Ranger pickup military
vehicles, two cannons and substantial amount of ammunition was seized as
Similarly several areas in Darzab district fell under Mujahidin's control and
like Kham Aab this district was also on the verge of collapse while in
Koshtapa district, Mujahidin also made significant progress. In brief the
enemy is confined to the centres of districts and the suburban areas are
completely under Mujahidin's control.
I can assure you that nearly eighty percent of Jowzjan province is under the
control of Mujahidin. Even Shabarghan, the capital city of this province
became the target of Mujahidin's attacks several times. Mujahidin can easily
operate against the mercenary forces even in five kilometre circumference of
this city which shows and proves their strength and increased influence. In
the recent past, a military commission of the Islamic Emirate visited these
areas and they were very pleased with our progress.
There are three main roads stretching out from the capital city of Shabarghan;
one leads to Faryab province, the second to Saripul province and the third to
Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital city of Balkh province. Military check posts of
the stooge enemy can only be found on the main roads while Mujahidin are
present at the short distance of a few hundred meters in the suburbs of all
these main roads. Whenever a military convoy of the stooge enemy tries to pass
on these roads towards the neighbouring provinces, they can be easily attacked
and their supply lines cut off. In the past they suffered heavy financial
losses and casualties in such attacks.
Question: During military operations the biased media reported the
presence of general Dostam in the battlefields showing that he is himself
commanding the mercenary forces in the northern areas and thus depicting him
as a hero. How do you evaluate it?
Answer: This notorious general has been inflated by media channels
which are funded by them and thus are impartial. The reality is that they seek
to boost the morale of their already disheartened stooge soldiers therefore
they depict general Dostam as a war hero. Mujahidin have executed numerous
minor and major Jihadi operations in various parts of Jowzjan province and
general Dostam failed to prevent them. During fighting in Kham Aab district,
he participated along with his well-equipped army but by the grace of Almighty
Allah he was badly defeated losing some forty to forty five of his fighters.
Several of his generals including general Kamal and seven of his bodyguards
were also killed in this fighting. When general Dostam intensified his attacks
on Kham Aab district our courageous Mujahidin attacked the central city of
Shabarghan. This tactic proved effective as general Dostam and his militia was
trapped. They had to forget Kham Aab district and think about the safety and
security of the capital city.
The perception that Mujahidin influence in Jowzjan is minor and general Dostam
is heavily supported by the masses in the northern areas is not true. The
reality is that Mujahidin are overwhelmingly present in these areas and the
pious people of north prefer them over general Dostam and his band of
The sole mission of propaganda of the biased media is to encourage the
demoralized and defeated enemy mercenary forces and it is completely in
conflict with the prevailing ground realities. We expect the noble and pious
people of Jowzjan province in particular and all Muslim masses in general to
not be deceived by these rumors. As far as the heroism of general Dostam is
concerned it was on full display in fighting in Faryab province. He went there
with great force but took to his heels when his mercenary militia was utterly
defeated by Mujahidin. Now he is left with mere propaganda and a few fighter
jets though one of his fighter planes was hit and destroyed by Mujahidin in
General Dostam is known as the head of notorious savage Gilam Jam militia
whose brutal past will never be forgotten by the noble people of north. A
large number of innocent people were martyred by his militiamen and houses of
numerous pious people were demolished. Now he is depicted as a hero by some
media outlets for the sake of their vested interests but we are sure that it
can neither deceive the Muslim masses of north nor can the courageous
Mujahidin be dispirited by this biased coverage.
Question: If you could brief us about the conduct of Mujahidin with
ordinary people and vice versa?
Answer: As far as I know, by the grace of Almighty Allah, the noble
people of Jowzjan province fully support Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate and
provide them with all necessities without any force or compulsion. They are
very satisfied with the conduct and behavior of Mujahidin who are ever ready
to sacrifice their lives for the protection and defence of their life, honor
and wealth. This is the reason why even the local dwellers fight side by side
with Mujahidin against the mercenary forces of the stooge regime.
On the other side, our constant advice to Mujahidin is that they fully respect
the local people, deal with them in an honorable manner and should not be
given any chance of complaint. This is the reason why the ordinary people are
supportive of Mujahidin and have no respect either for general Dostam or for
his unrestrained militiamen.
There are four main ethnic groups living inside Jowzjan province; Uzbeks,
Turkmens, Arabs and Pashtuns. Most of our Mujahidin hail from these four
ethnicities therefore we enjoy very close and cordial relations with local
Another proof of Mujahidin's popularity and trust among the people is that all
law-suits both from suburban and central areas are referred by the local
people to the courts of the Islamic Emirate as they are assured that they will
find a swift and just solution for all their disputes.
Question: What is the situation of Arbaki (ALP) militiamen in your
Answer: [Smiling] By the grace of Almighty Allah, the presence of
Arbaki militiamen has substantially decreased in Jowzjan province as most of
their notorious group leaders have either been killed or have surrendered to
Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate. For the time being we have no concern about
them and this conspiracy of the brutal enemy has utterly failed in northern
Question: Besides the Jihadi operations, how do you assess other
activities like education, courts, invitation and amalgamation etc.?
Answer: In all these essential walks of life, we have assigned duties
to our reliable associates. Since they are fully devoted to their mission
therefore they are quite successful in discharging their responsibilities and
we are satisfied with their progress.
Question: If you could elaborate on the pledges of allegiance with the
new Amir-ul-Momineen (may Allah safeguard him).
Answer: By the grace of Almighty Allah, this ceremony took place in a
peaceful and serene atmosphere. When we received the sad news of passing away
of late Amir-ul-Momineen (leader of the pious believers) Mullah Mohammad Umar
Mujahid (may his soul rest in peace) and the appointment of the newly selected
Amir-ul-Momineen Mulla Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor (may Allah protect him), we
immediately informed and sent for our group leaders and other concerned
Mujahidin from all districts to share and discuss the new situation.
Condolences were offered to the late Amir-ul-Momineen and simultaneously oath
of allegiance was taken for the newly selected Amir-ul-Momineen which was
published, as you might be aware, on Alemarah, the official website of the
Islamic Emirate. Later on a separate prestigious ceremony of recitation of the
Holy Quran was held to condole the soul of his Excellency late
Amir-ul-Momineen Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid (may Allah be pleased with him).
Question: Could you explain your own record in the Islamic Emirate and
narrate any memorable event about late Amir-ul-Momineen?
Answer: Fortunately I joined this movement in the early days of its
inauguration even before liberating the city of Kandahar. During the reign of
the Islamic Emirate, I first worked as the deputy governor of Dand district in
Kandahar province. When the major western province of Herat was conquered, I
was appointed in the third regiment of military base of this city. Then I
worked as the director of power supply in Herat city. I also worked as the
director of chamber of commerce, the director of planning department and
eventually as the director of Hajj and Trusts department.
I had frequently met and seen the late Amir-ul-Momineen. He was a really pious
and righteous person and had a charismatic personality. He led a very simple
life. Once I was invited as the director of chamber of commerce of Herat
province to partake in an economic meeting held in Kandahar city. His
Excellency was sitting on a simple plastic sheet spread on the ground and
advised us to be very kind and cooperative to the business community of our
country and provide them all kind of facilities as they are the backbone of
Question: To end if you have any message for the masses especially for
the people of Jowzjan province which you would like us to convey?
Answer: My sincere message to the all the Muslim masses particularly to
noble people of Jowzjan province is to whole heartedly support Mujahidin of
the Islamic Emirate and to remain steadfast in the path of Jihad. They should
rest assured that our pious struggle in not for any worldly benefits or merely
for gaining power. The sole aim of our Holy Jihad is to liberate our beloved
homeland and to restore Islamic Sharia. They should not forget that our
dignity and sovereignty is integrated with Jihad and sacrifices.
The foreign invading forces have been badly defeated on various fronts and
most of them have already absconded our beloved homeland. As far as their
internal mercenary forces are concerned, they are also on the verge of
collapse. Therefor our valiant masses should not lose heart, youth people
should join Mujahidin practically in their struggle against the remaining
foreign invaders, the business community should financially support Mujahidin
and the aged ones should pray to Almighty Allah for our steadfastness and