Paktia gathering seeks state funeral for Dr. Najibullah
GARDEZ (KABUL): A public meeting in southeastern Paktika province on Monday asked the government to arrange a state funeral for former president Dr. Najibullah, who was hanged to death by the Taliban in Kabul.
The call came during a gathering in Gardez, the provincial capital, in which provincial council members, representatives of civil society organisations, tribal elders and residents of the locality took part.
Haji Zazai, a tribal elder, said: “We are unhappy with the government which has honoured a large number of heroes, but did not bother paying tribute to a president like Dr. Najibullah.”
The government should perform a formal ceremony with full state honourin Kabul for the late president, he demanded, blasting the rulers for lionising individuals who wielded influence.
A religious scholar, Qari Khwaja-u-din, said masses sought honour for people who had rendered scarifies for the country.He hailed the former president as a national hero who had laid down his life without compromising the national interest.
Mohammad Rahman Qaderi, the provincial council secretary, alleged pressures from certain circles had forced the government to perform a state burial for former ruler Habibullah Kalakani.
Hitting out at Kalakani, he said the government should understand good and bad personalities and realise who worked for the country and who served strangers. The participants vowed more protests if their call was not heeded.
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