Afghans want vote audit concluded fast: Karzai
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Monday said the violence Afghanistan witnessed over the last two months was unparalleled during the past 14 years, as he prayed to Allah, the Almighty, to bring peace and stability to the nation after offering Eidul Fitr prayers.
The outgoing president, who offered Eid prayers at the mosque in the Presidential Palace, congratulated the Afghans and the entire Muslim Ummah on celebrating the first day of Eidul Fitr which follows the holy month of Ramadan.
Karzai prayed to Allah to strengthen peace and stability in Muslim countries from Libya to Pakistan and all Muslim nations plagued by wars and conflicts.
“The Muslim world is in trouble. The Muslims, particularly Afghans, are deeply concerned about the situation of Palestinians, who are being killed mercilessly day and night. We demand peace, development and prosperity for the Palestinians. We pray to Allah to bring peace, stability and development to the Afghan soil.”
In a reference to the presidential elections, Karzai said the elections had gone well, but when the process of counting votes began, massive attacks were launched in Afghanistan. Such attacks had not been observed during the past 14 years as witnessed over the past two months, he said.
“Our security organs daily report to us that foreign terrorists have entered Afghanistan in great numbers and they are attacking Afghans. But our security forces are bravely defending the motherland as they did always.”
Karzai called on the Taliban leadership to stop the war on Afghans and live in peace with their brothers and sisters and not allow foreign terrorists to enter the country.
“The Afghans went to polls and millions cast their votes. The Afghans need a new president and a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit,” the president said.
He said the Afghans wanted to have an outcome to the election as soon as possible, so that this country could have its president soon.
His second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili, Cabinet ministers, lawmakers, religious scholars, advisors, academicians, culturists, influential figures, military generals and diplomats of Islamic countries were present on the occasion.
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