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Foreign spies behind attack on ex-president: MPs

Foreign spies behind attack on ex-president: MPs

Sep 21, 2011 - 17:17

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Intelligence networks of neighbouring countries were involved in the assassination of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, a number of MPs alleged on Wednesday.

Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member Gul Pad Shah Majidi insisted the neighbouring countries' spy services were 'undoubtedly' behind the murders of Afghan leaders.

"We must bluntly state the fact that assassinations of Afghan figures are the handiwork of Pakistaninfo-icon and Iran," remarked the lawmaker from southeastern Paktia province. He urged the government to unmask the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Abdul Sattar Khawasi, a public representative from central Parwan province, also blamed the chief peace negotiator's death on the enemies of the reconciliation campaign.

"Let's respect our remaining leaders in their lifetime; we should not be saying tomorrow that Sayyaf and Mohaqiq were men of great calibre." Khawasi added.

Afghans must join hands to prevent such incidents, stressed Shukriya Barakzai, an outspoken woman MP from Kabul. She said it was for government to take stringent measures against militants. "We must also act against the enemy."

Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi condemned the killing of Rabbani as an act of foreign puppets. Rabbani had managed to spread awareness about the importance of peace, he said, cursing the killers.

In a unanimously passed resolution, the house asked the government to lay the leader to rest in Kabul with the consent of his family. They urged the title of peace champion for the deceased leader and announce a three days mourning.

Meanwhile, Law Enforcement Support Coalition also condemned the killing. 

Members of the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon called for a weeklong national mourning over Rabbani' demise, with Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, blaming foreign hands for the assassination.  They urged the international community to help Afghanistaninfo-icon track down the perpetrators.



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