Mujahideen freedom fighters

Place Asia: Afghanistan
Accession Number ARTV09139
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 31.8 cm x 46.9 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description photolithograph on cardboard
Maker Unknown
Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan
Place made Afghanistan
Date made 1990
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Afghanistan/Pakistan (UNMCTT), 1989-1993

Item copyright: External copyright


Poster featuring photographs of three prominent figures who aided the Mujahideen against the Soviet Union in the Soviet-Afghan war. Australian peacekeepers were involved in de-mining and planning operations in Afghanistan as part of UNMCTT (UN Mine Clearance Training Team) from 1989 to 1993. The individuals featured in the poster are, from left to right, General Akhtar Abdul Rahman Khan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee; General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, President of Pakistan; and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, an Afghan warlord. General Rahman and General Zia ul-Haq were among 31 people killed in a plane crash on August 17, 1988. The cause of the crash was rumoured to have been sabotage. Hekmatyar served as prime minister of Afghanistan twice in the 1990s, and was considered a supporter of the Taliban. After siding with Osama bin Laden in recent years, he is currently in hiding.