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Karzai condemns ISIS killing of Japanese hostages

AT-KABUL: The former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, on Sunday strongly condemned killing of Japanese hostages by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urged the terrorist group to renounce violence and embrace peace.

Terming the killing of the Japanese hostages a “heinous” act, Karzai said that Japan is one of those countries which greatly benefited Muslims through genuine support at critical times.

“Islam is the religion of peace and brotherhood and condemns violence and killings of people. There is no clash between Islam and other religions. The Muslim World is standing with Japan in this time of great grief,” the ex-president said.

Karzai said that Afghans thoughts are with family members of the beheaded hostages and stand in solidarity with the Japanese people.

He urged the terrorist group to shun violence and return to normal life, because Islam strictly condemns brutality and warned cruel people of strict punishment in the hereafter.

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