Rabbani was close to reconciliation with Hekmatyar: Qazi
JALALABAD (PAN): Former Jamat-i-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed, hailing Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani as a great champion of jihad and peace, has said the ex-president was seeking reconciliation with Hekmatyar and Taliban leaders.
The High Peace Council head, killed in a suicide bomb attack inside house by an insurgent posing as peace emissary on Tuesday, was laid to rest on Friday afternoon.
"After migrating to Pakistan through the Momand tribal region during the Daud Khan era, he stayed at my home for six months," said the right-wing Pakistani politician, who met Rabbani two days before his death in Tehran.
"I have spent a good part of my life with him. His death is a huge shock to me," Qazi said. Rabbani told him in Tehran the US was taking advantage of differences between Taliban and jihadi parties.
Qazi went on to quote Rabbani as saying he had brought closer Hekmatyar and Taliban, a possibility that would have left the US with no reason for staying in Afghanistan.
Western intelligence agencies, especially the US, were involved in assassinating Rabbani as they did not want peace in the country and opposed a withdrawal, Qazi claimed.
If the Afghan government wanted to reconcile with the Taliban and Hekmatyar, he was ready to play his role, the Jamat leader said, urging all Afghan tribes and factions not to allow the enemy to divide them.
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