Sulaiman Layeq

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Sulaiman Layeq ( - born 12 October 1930) was an Afghan politician, ideologue and a poet.


Initially a student of the College of Theology, graduated from the College of Literature in 1957. Laeq was an excellente poet and writer in Pashtu and Dari. During 1957-68, Laeq held different posts in the national controlled media.

One of his sisters was married to Mir Akbar Khyber (a leading leftist idealogue whose murder in 1978 started the Saur Revolution); another sister was married to Sibghatullah Mojaddedi (who would later become President of Afghanistan). Laeq was a founder of the newspaper Parcham in 1968. Toguether with Babrak Karmal, reprensented the moderate faction of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA). At the same time, he became a permanent member of the Central Committee of the Parcham parliamentary group. After the Saur Revolution, Laeq became Minister for Radio and Television in 1978 and for a time was admitted to membership in the Politburo after the government had expelled the Parchamis.

After the Khalq Government had removed most Parchamis, Laeq served as a temporary candidate member for the Politburo. Though he was imprisoned for being pro-Karmal, but the authorities treated him mildly. By 1980, following the intervention of the Soviet Army in Afghanistan, Laeq held several posts. By this time he had...
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