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Militants' reaction to Osama death will last short: Rabbani

Militants' reaction to Osama death will last short: Rabbani

May 11, 2011 - 20:57

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon's High Peace Councilinfo-icon chief on Wednesday said he was optimistic that militants would join the peace process after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistaninfo-icon.

"There is no doubt that the death of Osama has an impact on militants, but seeing this impact is a matter of time," Burhanuddin Rabbani told in a news conference in Kabul. "The militants will react to the killing for some time, but their reaction will last short," he said.

UScommandos shot dead the Al Qaeda leader during a night time raid on his compound in the town of Abbottabad, a garrison area near Pakistan capital Islamabad on May 2, ending a ten years hunt for the worldinfo-icon's most wanted individual.

On Tuesday, second vice president Mohammad Karim Kahlili asked the Talibaninfo-icon leaders to join the government-initiated peace talks or face the same fate as Osama bin Laden.

Khalili told a conference discussing efforts to broker peace that peace and reconciliation programme was a good opportunity for the armed opposition to give up insurgency.

Security situation has improved in provinces like Badghis, Baghlan, Kunduz and Sar-i-Pul where hundreds of militants have joined the peace process.


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