KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday conferred Shaheed-i-Millat title on late Hashmat Khalil Khalil Karzai, former member of Kandahar provincial council and cousin of former president Hamid Karzai during an official ceremony held in his honour at the Presidential Palace here.
The title was conferred on Hashmat Karzai on the occasion of his second death anniversary which was officially commemorated at the Presidential Palace where former President Hamid Karzai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and other officials were present.
Hashkat Karzai was cousin of Hamid Karzai and a strong supporter of the incumbent president during his election campaign. Hashmat was killed in a suicide attack at his residence in Dand district in 2014.
Speaking at his death anniversary, President Ghani said Hashmat Karzai was a peace-loving personality whose dream was to see a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.
The president said Hashmat Karzai belonged to an influential family, but had a place in the hearts of common people because his only objective was to serve the people. He was a generous personality, wanted to live among his people was keen to see the youth educated and the war-torn country stabilized, Ghani said.
CEO Abdullah recalled achievements of Hashmat Karzai and said: “Martyrdom brings unity, national integrity and strength to the nation and.” The CEO urged the people not to differentiate among the martyrs as all of them had scarified their lives for a single cause.
He said Hashmat was a brave, strong believer, generous and a strongman. “I did not meet him, but heard about his bravery and good things he did which was extremely inspiring,” he added.
In line with a presidential order, Hashmat Khalil Karzai was conferred the title of Shaheed-i-Millat and his son was awarded the state medal of Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan during the ceremony. -Pajhwok
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