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Afghanistan needs peace, not division: Karzai

Rabbani’s 5th death anniversary commemorated

By Mansoor Faizy-KABUL: Senior government officials and jihadi leaders on Friday commemorated the 5th death anniversary of former head of the High Peace Council and Jihadi leader Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Rabbani, who was also former president of Afghanistan, was assassinates at his residency five years ago by a suicide attacker who posed as a Taliban representative with a reconciliation message.

In the ceremony, the former Afghan president Hamid Karzai called Rabbani as a symbol of pity and righteousness who would think of national unity and peace throughout the country. “He was martyred in the way of peace and it is required that we should work for peace and brotherhood in the country,” he said.

Karzai said that no one could divide Afghans, adding that Afghanistan needs peace not division.

At the same time, Hamid Karzai criticized in the strongest and possible terms the recent US drone strike in Nangarhar province, in which civilians were killed. He expressed concerns over civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Confirming the news, the United Nations Assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said civilians received casualties in the airstrike against militants loyal to the Islamic State.

“In the early morning of 28 September, an international military unmanned aerial vehicle conducted an airstrike, reportedly targeting members of IS, that struck a civilian home killing 15 civilians,” UNAMA said in a statement.

At the ceremony, the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah called Rabbani “the martyr of peace”, who always thought for peace.

“We should praise the efforts and sacrifices of the Afghan security forces,” he said, adding that security forces were rendering sacrifices to maintain peace in the country.

Sayyaf underlined the need for respect Jihadi leaders, saying that some elements compare mujahideen to Taliban.

“We, mujhaideen are not the violators of Allah’s commands. Those who give equal names to a Mujhaid and a non-mujhaid, are the violators of Allah’s orders.”

Rabbani, the martyr for peace always thought of peace and national unity and he was martyred in the cause of Allah and people innocently, Sayyaf said.

Acting governor for Balkh province Atta Mohammad Noor said that Rabbani spent half of his life in the way of God and the people of Afghanistan.

“He was also striving hard in the way of peace and stability in the country,” Atta added.

He furthered, Rabbani was never in favor of war, and always emphasized that peace is the solution to the problems.

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, second deputy to the chief executive said that Burhanuddin Rabbani was a wise leader and invited people toward peace.

Salahuddin Rabbani, foreign minister and Rabbani’s son said that his father always stressed on peace and spread no efforts to bring peace in the country.

“He repeatedly emphasized that war is not the solution, rather all the problems should be solved through dialogues,” Rabbani the junior added.

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