May 4, 1987
Babrak Karmal, the former Afghan leader who was dropped from power last year, has been arrested in Afghanistan and is in prison, the New China News Agency reported. The agency quoted unidentified diplomatic sources in Islamabad, Pakistan, as saying that the order to arrest the 58-year-old Karmal came from the ruling Revolutionary Council, which he had headed during the nearly seven years he was in power.
July 13, 1986 |
Najib, the new one-named leader of Afghanistan, has a reputation for being tough, efficient and expert at infighting with rivals in his party. He is 38, a big man, built like a football linebacker, with black hair, a carefully trimmed black mustache and dark, flashing eyes. He has taken a hard line against the anti-communist rebels, demanding additional sacrifices from his people in pursuit of a military victory that he admits may take years to achieve.