POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN OF THE DEATH OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER MA

Created: 10/5/1973

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POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN OF THE BEATH OF FORMER PRIMEtMINISTER MAIWANQWAL

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PRIME MINISTER MAIWANDWAL, IMPRISONED ON Zu3 FOR "ANTI-REGIMEAS REPORTED BY RADIO KABUL TO HAVE HANGED HIMSELF

EARLY OR THE MORNINGCTOBER. IN HIS CELL/ .THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS CONTAIN AN ANALYSIS

OF THE POLITICAL SITUATION IH KABUL WHICH HAS DEVELOPED SINCELLEGED SUICIDE. )

IS BECOMING ANOTHER BAGHOAO. MAIWAHDWAL'SBE LAMENTED AND NOTED BT THE THOUSANDS, OF KINFOLK OFDETAINEES NOV BEING HELD BT THE GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENTFOR "ANTI-REGIME ACTIVITIES." EACH HILLIFFERENTBUT ALL WILL FAULT THE GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT,WILL.NOW BE OBLIGED TOITHER TO ALL-OUT SUPPRESSION OR

DO SOMETHING-TO ENGENDER POPULAR SUPPORT.

THE HARO LIRE OF RADIO KABUL THAT CALLED MAIWANDWAL,RAITOR" ANDONSPIRATOR" WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT FACE VALUE IN AFGHANISTAN. HE MIGHT WELL HAVE ACTED TO FRUSTRATE THE GOVERNMENT AS HE WOULD KNOW THAT HIS DEATH WOULD END HIS PERSONAL TRAVAIL, BUT HE WOULD HAVE ALSO KNOWN THAT THIS DEATH IN PRISON WOULD HURT HIS JAILORS AND THAT THE REGIME COULD HOT EVADE RESPONSIBILITY. HAIWAROWAL WILLARTYR to INTELLECTUALS AND WOULD-BE "FREEDOM LOVERS."

PRESIDENT DAUD AND HIS BROTHER AND FOREMOST POLITICAL ADVISOR, MOHAMMAD NA IH, HAVE ASKED FOR COPIES OF SEVERAL FOREIGN CONSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING THE ALGERIAN, TUNISIAN, AND FRENCHTO BE SENT TO KABUL. NAM MAS PROBABLY TOLD DAUD THAT THEY MUST THINK AHEAD ANO CANNOT LEAVE HATTERS TO THE "CENTRAL COMMITTEE"

AND INIII ILK. THE REQUEST FOR THE CONSTITUTIONS IS AN ENCOURAGING SPOT IN AN OTHERWISE 8LEAK PICTURE.

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