Hafizullah Amin

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Hafizullah Amin
In office
September 14, 1979 – December 27, 1979
Preceded by Nur Muhammad Taraki
Succeeded by Babrak Karmal
Personal details
Born August 1, 1929(1929-08-01)
Paghman, Afghanistan
Died December 27, 1979(1979-12-27) (aged 50)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Political party People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan

Hafizullah Amin (Pashto: حفيظ الله امين, August 1, 1929December 27, 1979) was the second President of Afghanistan. He was president during the time of the communist Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The Soviets got information from their KGB spies that Amin's rule was a threat to the stability of Afghanistan. They also were not certain about Amin’s loyalty to the Soviet Union. The Soviets found some information about Amin's trying to become closer to Pakistan and China. The Soviets also believed that Amin was behind the death of president Nur Muhammad Taraki. Finally, the Soviets decided to remove Amin.