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Karzai to mujahideen: Denounce both US, Russia Air strikes

Karzai to mujahideen: Denounce both US, Russia Air strikes

Sep 30, 2016 - 22:24

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Friday called on jihadi leaders to condemn civilian killings in US airstrikes just like they denounced Soviet bombardment of non-combatants.

Speaking at a gathering on the fifth death anniversary of ex-president Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Karzai recalled his offer of the High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) chairmanship to the Jamiat-i-Islamiinfo-icon leader.

In reply, the former president said, Rabbani accepted the offer on condition that he would lay down his life for the sake of peace in the conflict-devastated country.

“I’m following the same path that Rabbani had chosen for himself. I don’t care even if I’m taunted and disrespected while pursuing the goal of peace,” he declared after some Jamiat-i-Islami members shouted “death to Karzai”.

When he would call Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon members his brothers in the past, Karzai said he was subjected to criticism. Ultimately, he argued, the government had signed a peace deal with the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led party.

“You were extremely offended when I called the Talibaninfo-icon my brothers. In near future, peace will be made with the Taliban as well,” he predicted, saying he was slammed again when he adopted a harsh attitude toward the insurgent movement.

He asked the people to shun intolerance and sentimentalism. The ex-president urged the nation to think about the future and steer the country toward peace.

Foreigners were still meddling in Afghanistaninfo-icon’s internal affairs, fuelling differences among the Afghans at a time when the nation needed unity more than ever before.

“Some people call us, those living in Kabul, servants of America. Then others brand the Taliban as Pakistaninfo-icon’s lackeys. We are in the thick of internal rifts, killing each other,” Karzai commented.

About civilian deaths in US airstrikes, he said 14 people of a family were killed in Kunar and more recently 18 civilians martyred in the Achin district of Nangarhar. “The mujahideeninfo-icon should denounce the US raids, in which civilians are killed.”



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