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Karzai urges government to halt further execution of militants

Hamid_Karzai01KABUL: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged the Afghan government to halt further execution of the prisoners charged with the terror offences.

In an online statement issued following the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, Karzai has said ‘brotherhood’ and ‘unity’ are the only way to achieve peace in the country.

The statement by Karzai further added that war and violence have been imposed on the Afghan people from abroad, insisting that the Taliban statement proves that the group’s leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed on the side of Durand Line in control of Pakistan.

He called on the new leader of the Taliban group Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada to join peace process and return to Afghanistan.

Taliban on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mawlavi Akhundzada as the successor of Muallah Akhtar Mansoor who was killed in an airstrike in Balochistan province of Pakistan late on Saturday afternoon.

The statement by Karzai comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the anti-government armed militant groups to use its soil from where they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani earlier asked Pakistan to take actions against the Taliban groups and terrorist networks having leaderships in Peshawar and Quetta cities of Pakistan. -KP


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