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Karzai: Jihad caused great global changes, but Afghans did not reach lasting peace

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai said Monday that the Afghan jihad (holy war) caused some great changes in the world, but “Unfortunately, Afghans did not reach a lasting peace”.

“The honorable Afghan nation defeated the then super power [Soviet Union] and saved their soil, religion, independence and honor, suffering lots of sacrifices,” Karzai said in a statement on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the Soviet troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Soviet pulled soldiers out of Afghanistan on February 15, 1989 after 10 years invasion.

Karzai said that Afghanistan became the victim of “other secret and clear” interventions after the collapse of the Soviet Union. “Today, our dear country gives sacrifice in another imposed war.”

“The nation did not lose efforts and patience yesterday against the Soviet Union and protected its homeland. This nation today continues resistance so that the enemies of independence are defeated and Afghanistan reaches a lasting peace,” the former president said.

He once again called on Taliban to join the peace process. “I call on the Taliban to stop killing their brothers and take the country towards peace and development along with their country-fellows.”

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