Generations of Fighters – Zubair Massoud Confronts the Taliban’s Rule in Afghanistan

  • Zubair has taken steps to counter and mobilize the Afghan people and is emerging as a leader in the 20 year war.
  • The war has cost the lives of thousands of civilians and the death of 2,372 US service members.
  • Speaking at a gathering in his hometown he said “we need to mobilize and unite against the Taliban threat, if they think they will take power by force then it is our duty to resist.”

Zubair Massoud, the former advisor to the National Security Council of Afghanistan, is a member of a renowned Afghan family. His family has had a crucial role in Afghan politics and been prominent in confronting the Taliban’s full take over of Afghanistan.

Zubair’s grandfather Burhanuddin Rabbani was one of the most influential Afghan leaders. Rabbani served as a former President of Afghanistan but, later, was assassinated by the Taliban in a suicide bomb attack. His uncle Ahmad Shah Massoud, also spent his life resisting the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan between 1979 to 1989. However, he too was killed by Al-Qaeda operatives posing as journalists in 2001.

They played a key role in toppling the Soviet Army in Afghanistan, and later the Taliban regime.

Taking on the footsteps of his grandfather, Zubair has taken steps to counter and mobilize the Afghan people and is emerging as a leader in the 20 year war which has cost the lives of thousands of civilians and the death of 2,372 U.S service members.

Speaking in a gathering in his hometown he said “we need to mobilize and unite against the Taliban threat, if they think they will take power by force then it is our duty to resist.”

In times when the war-stricken Afghans had no-option to turn to, many young people have joined Zubair’s movement in the fight against the Taliban.

Influenced by his family, Zubair has always been motivated to serve his country. He took part in organizing mass gatherings to encourage people against the Taliban’s draconian rule. He has led an anti-Taliban movement to organize demonstrations and protests to draw people against the Taliban, who posed unprecedented damages to the country and turned it into ruins, reflecting misery, and bloodshed. Zubair has vehemently opposed both the Taliban and their supporters.

“Our people throughout history have never surrendered to a group or invading force, so how is it possible that we even think of surrendering to a group such as the Taliban?,” Massoud said in a gathering north of the country.

In times when the war-stricken Afghans had no-option to turn to, many young people have joined Zubair’s movement in the fight against the Taliban. Because of the Taliban’s iron fist rule in the past which has prevented women from going to school and have been known for mass atrocities of ethnic minorities.

Doha peace negotiations between the government representative and the Taliban seemed to be a promising effort towards restoring peace and stability in the land. In spite of the recent dialogues, the Taliban do not regress from war and continue to carry out the targeted killings. As of January 1st, unknown assailants killed Bismillah Aimaq.

Aimaq, a human rights activist and editor in chief of Sada-e-Ghor, was the fifth journalist to be shot in the past two months. On January 10, a roadside bomb in Kabul killed the spokesmen for the Interior Ministry’s public protection along with two other citizens.

As the fear stalls the Afghan streets, Zubair and others like him are gearing for a dangerous summer as the Taliban have managed to take most of the countryside, this has left the provincial cities vulnerable.

He highlights the need for national mobilization against the Taliban and emphasizes that speaking and standing up against the Taliban is the only solution left as the U.S withdrawal from Afghanistan is scheduled for May 2021.

Mandeep Singh

Former CEO of Almond Media, working as a freelancer. Certified Digital Marketing professional.

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