ISAF, NATO denounce Rabbani's murder
KABUL (PAN): The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the NATO senior civilian representative condemned on Tuesday the murder of High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Council Secretary Masoom Stanikzai, who was at Rabbani's residence, was wounded in the attack by two suicide bombers, feigning a desire for reconciliation talks.
"The face of the peace initiative has been attacked," said Gen John Allen, the ISAF commander. "This is another outrageous indicator that, regardless of what Taliban leaders outside the country say, they do not want peace, but rather war."
In a statement, Gen. Allen said: "Their only goal with this completely immoral act is to turn the clock back to the darkness synonymous with the Taliban movement."
While condoling with the families of Prof. Rabbani and Stanikzai, Allen promised they would continue to work closely with our Afghan partners in their march toward peace.
Ambassador Simon Gass, the NATO senior civilian representative, said: "Rabbani was leading efforts towards peace in Afghanistan. He was a brave man, who did not hesitate to risk his own life in the search for a better future for all Afghans.
"It is clear that the organisers attacked what they feared most - peace. For they know that the creed of hatred and oppression which they represent will always be contrary to the free will of the Afghan people. My condolences go to the victims, family and friends of all those killed."
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