Militant disguised as emissary killed Rabbani: Karzai
Addressing a press conference hours after his return from New York, Karzai said the bomber disrespected the cause of peace and honour of Afghans. He praised his predecessor as martyr in the cause of peace.
"Ustad Rabbani was assassinated by an emissary and the ex-president swiftly cut short his travel abroad to meet him in Kabul. He returned home simply in an effort to bring peace to Afghanistan, but was martyred."
Karzai extended condolences to the bereaved family and the Afghan nation on the demise of late the Jamiat-i-Islami leader. He said the bomber had concealed explosives in his turban -- an affront to Afghan and Muslim honour.
Before his travel abroad, Karzai said, High Peace Council Secretary Masoom Stanikzai had approached him to say the agent had brought a CD that contained a message from Maulvi Enayatullah Makhdoom -- a Taliban representative.
The CD contained words of reverence for the assassinated president and suggestions and questions about the peace process, he said.
However, Jamiat-i-Islami officials said the bomber had met the late president in the past in Kabul, as part of a high-profile delegation of the Quetta Shura.
"We came to know these titles, words of respect and peace messages were all deception," the president remarked.
During a meeting in Islamabad, Rabbani had clearly stated to Pakistani officials that he was seeking peace in the two states, Karzai recalled, saying the council chief had voiced graver concern for the neighbouring country.
Rabbani eventually sacrificed his life for peace and brotherly ties to neighbours, the president concluded.
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