Massoud supporters jeer Mujaddedi off stage
KABUL (Pajhwok): Participants of a Martyrs Week ceremony booed former president and jihadi leader Sibghatullah Mujaddedi off the stage in Kabul on Tuesday.
President Hamid Karzai, Dr. Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani, cabinet members, parliamentarians, jihadi leaders and Ahmad Shah Massoud’s supporters attended the meeting at the Loya Jirga tent.
After speeches by President Karzai and Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, Mujaddedi was invited to address the audience. But howls of protest and hooting from the participants did not allow him to speak.
Over the years, the ex-president has addressed events commemorating the sacrifice of martyrs, including Massoud. But this time around, he was greeted with unprecedented hooting.
Although Mujaddedi repeatedly asked the participants to calm down, he was not allowed to speak. He recalled the stout support he was lent during the jihad against the Soviet Union, wondering what had prompted the harsh reaction.
“I have always held Panjsher (Massoud’s stronghold) dear to my heart and supported its people more than any other leader has,” he remarked, with Abdullah asking the attendees to let Mujaddedi speak.
Political problems should not influence today’s event, the presidential runner, but the crowd continued to jeer at the then president, who left the stage by saying: “If I’m right, God will vindicate me. If you are wrong, you will be punished.”
Ahmed Wali Massoud, brother of Ahmad Shah Massoud, criticised the crowd for preventing Mujaddedi from speaking. A supporter of Ashraf Ghani, Mujaddedi recently said Abdullah was not the right candidate for the presidency.
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