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    Rabbani killed by enemies of peace: Gilani

    KABUL (PAN): Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani arrived in Kabul on Thursday to condole with Afghan leadership over the assassination of High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.

    The former president was assassinated on Tuesday in a suicide attack in the high-security area of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan at his residence and would be laid to rest at a hilltop in the neighbourhood.

    A Pakistan embassy official told Pajhwok Afghan News Gilani was accompanied by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for SAFRON Eng. Shaukatullah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar and Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti.

    Press Attaché GM Khan said the prime minister, after his arrival, went straight to the Presidential Palace to condole with President Hamid Karzai.

    Pakistan condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that led to the martyrdom of Rabbani, whose death represented a huge loss not only for Afghanistan but for the whole region, Gilani said.

    In a statement, he said the people of Pakistan stood by their Afghan brothers in this moment of grief. "Acts of terrorism constitute a common threat to both our countries and we are together in our struggle to combat and eliminate this menace."

    The two sides were working closely within the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Peace and Reconciliation on a vision for the prosperity of the war-hit country, Gilani added.

    "Rabbani was killed by the enemies of peace in Afghanistan. This cowardly act has only reinforced the resolve of the people of Afghanistan to pursue peace and stability. I have no doubt that Rabbani’s dream for peace will come true."

    Delegations from 10 countries, including Afghanistan's neighbours and European states, have so far contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul about their participation in the funeral, set for Friday.  

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