Afghans mourn assassination
The ex-president was assassinated along with three members of his panel in a suicide attack on his residence in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood on Tuesday evening.
Marshal Mohammad Qasem Fahim, the first vice president, said it was another outrageous incident. Afghanistan's enemies wanted prevent the march toward peace by silencing a voice of unity, he alleged.
He insisted peace efforts would continue. "Rabbani, leading efforts towards peace in Afghanistan, was a brave man who did not hesitate to risk of his own life in search of a better future for Afghans."
The High Peace Council called its chairman's death an irreparable loss for the country.
The Wolesi Jirga slammed Rabbani's murder as an inhuman and un-Islamic act by the country's enemies -- a euphemism for the Taliban fighters. "Afghanistan enemies must know that such actions would only strengthen the nation's resolve to resist forces of obscurantism."
Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor lamented the assassination as a colossal loss. However, he added, it would not bust their morale, warning of seeking revenge on the perpetrators.
Wolesi Jirga member and jihadi leader Abdull-rab Rasul Sayyaf said the bombing was an unforgivable crime, which could not halt efforts at bringing stability to the country.
Ex-interior minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, who viewed the incident as a huge blow to reconciliation, alleged the assault was plotted outside the country. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the "enemies of Afghanistan" wanted to put a stop to peace and reconciliation.
Education Minister and High Peace Council member Dr. Farooq Wardak also extended his condolences to the bereaved family. "The murder of Prof. Rabbani may obstruct the reconciliation process, but we will not let the enemies scuttle the effort."
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