Biography of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim

Monday, March 10, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim the son of Maulavi Abdul Matin was born in Omerz village of Panjshir in 1957.
He had finished his studies in Islamic Sharia at an Arabic institute (Drul-ulom-e-Arbia Kabul) in 1970.
He is said to have fled Afghanistan after the Communist coup of 1978, and sought refuge in the neighboring Pakistan. One year later, he returned home and began starting jihad in border Kunar province’s Shigal area.
He became National Hero-Ahmad Shah Masood’s deputy in military affairs in Panjshir and the commander of the Mujahideen in Andarab district of northern Baghlan province.
In 1981, Mohammad Qasim Fahim led a high-delegation of Mujahidin to some northeastern Badakhshan, Baghlan, Takhar and Kundoz provinces to besiege mujahidin within Shuray-e-Nazzar and paly effective role in this field.
In 1987, Marshal Fahim he served as the mujahidin commander in the Kabul’s northern region, where he took responsibility of mujahidin forces and in 1989, in order to expand and further solidarity of Shuraye Nazzar (supervising council) forces he traveled to the northern provinces of Balkh, Jauzjan and Faryab and gained great success.
Following the collapse of Dr. Najibullah regime and Mujahedeen victory in 1992, Mohammad Qasim Fahim at the head of Mujahideen forces entered Kabul and served as minister for security.
The late Fahim, during Taliban advance in 1996 had served as commander of resistance forces for a while in the Northern provinces.
In the wake of Ahmad Shah Masoud martyrdom in 2001, the Mujahedeen leaders and commanders had chosen Fahim as commander-in-chief of the government forces to lead the war against Taliban militants. The late Fahim at the head of resistance forces entered Kabul in 2001.
Marshal Fahim was the founding member of the new establishment and strong supporter of durable peace and national solidarity. Alongside the other figures, Fahim had strengthened the democratic system in the country.
Following the Bon conference and induction of the interim government, Fahim had served as first vice president and defense minister. In recognition of his services, Fahim was honored as Marshal of the country on 2002 and he respected the promotion to the rank of Marshal as the outcome of the struggle of the nation of Afghanistan. Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim after the emergency Loya Jirga or grand assembly of elders and chieftains for the second time was appointed as first vice president and defense minister.
In the second presidential elections, Fahim was chosen as vice present and served at this post after winning the polls by President Hamid Karzai and took the oath in 2009.
In recognition of his services, the president conferred him Ahmad Shah Baba medal. Fahim was a humble person, great Mujahid and patriotic. The late Fahim had sacrificed his life in struggle against invaders. During the Jihad and resistance he had stood alongside people and defended the country’s freedom.
He was an important political figure of the country over the past three decades and had served in different capacities including minister for security, minister for defense and vice president. Marshal Fahim breathed his last at the age of 56 due to heart attack on Sunday March 9th.

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