Rabbani was killed to destroy peace process: Karzai
Addressing the fourth death anniversary of Rabbani in Kabul, Karzai said the former High Peace Council (HPC) chief was killed by those who were against peace and stability in Afghanistan.
“When we decided to hold a Loy Jirga (Grant Meeting) on the peace process, Rabbani was fully prepared to lead the assembly. Rabbani said he was ready to reach lasting peace even at the cost of his blood,” Karzai said.
Rabbani was assassinated at his residence in Wazir Akbar Khan along with three members of the peace panel by a suicide bomber posing as a Taliban emissary. He remained president from 1992 to 1996.
Karzai said the Afghan peace process gained popularity worldwide under Rabbani leadership and he was very close to making the process a success when he was killed by the enemies.
“The assassination of Rabbani was solely aimed to destroy peace in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that Rabbani was an internationally acclaimed personality and had strong support among his followers.
Referring to Kabul-Islamabad relationship, Karzai said Afghanistan had no problem with civilians of Pakistan. He thanked the Pakistani people for shielding thousands of Afghan refugees who fled the former Soviet Union occupation.
“Our complaint is about Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and its military,” Karzai added.
He also mentioned the Afghan youth fleeing to European countries, advising them not be cheated by western media and should stay and serve their own people and the country. He urged Ulema and prayer leaders to advise the youth not to go abroad and leave their country.
According to a recent survey launched by White Movement Institute, 78,000 Afghan youth migrated to European countries this year.
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