The new leader of Afghanistan, President Nur Mohammed Tarakki has denied that his government, brought to power a week ago in a bloody coup, is Communist with strong links with Moscow.
CU President Nur Mohammed Tarakki speaking in English, CUTAWAY TO armed guard
TARAKKI: "We were not in a position to strike at him, but at last he came and in a bad manner put us into jail along with other leaders of the party and the party was obliged to take steps to strike at him. Before we were taken to prison, we were feeling that in the very near future there would be something against us. So we instructed our comrades, our colleagues, in the army to step in if they put us into prisons. It means that he will be killing the party, so they should strike and I'm very grateful to their wisdom and their really speedy action in this direction. In daylight they started to bomb the centre of the aristocracy and finally with surrendered. He was not surrendering, then our comrades came to him and say they wanting that he and his family and his ministers should surrender to our forces, but he refused and was shooting at them so our colleagues were obliged to fire back and he and with some of his family members were destroyed. We did not in the night (indistinct) you see this was a particularly Afghan model and it is I think particularly unparalleled in this region so we deal with our country..........according to our own model, our own conditions and what we think is in the interest of the people of Afghanistan. These people, I mean the obvious people, I say again. I mean working people, working peasantry and other sections of the society. In 1970, you are right, but we were thinking the old regime may really do something I mean in the interests of the oppressed classes. Therefore he cheated not only us, but the whole nation."
In the coup, President Daoud and his family are reported to have been killed in the grounds of the palace in Kabul. According to diplomatic sources in Kabul, the President, family and ministers were executed by machine gun fire.
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Background: The new leader of Afghanistan, President Nur Mohammed Tarakki has denied that his government, brought to power a week ago in a bloody coup, is Communist with strong links with Moscow. He said, in his first radio broadcast to the nation, that it was a complete misnomer to describe the country's new ruling party, the Democratic Khalq (People's) Party as Communist. The government had great respect for Islam and Afghanistan was not going to become a satellite to any power, but would adopt a fully independent, peace-seeking, non-aligned policy. He also denied news reports in the West that as many as 10,000 people had been killed in the coup which toppled the government of President Mohammad Daoud. He said no more than 100 people had died, although Mr. Tarakki has yet to make a public appearance in Afghanistan, on Saturday ??? spoke to foreign newsmen in Kabul. He was asked about the coup, about Afghanistan's future and why he had once supported President Daoud.