Voice of peace silenced: India on Rabbani killing

Condemning the assassination Burhanudin Rabbani, India said tragically the forces of terror and hatred have silenced another powerful voice of peace.

New Delhi: Condemning the assassination
of Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council Burhanudin
Rabbani, India on Tuesday said tragically the forces of terror and
hatred have silenced "another powerful voice of peace" there
and reiterated its steadfast support to that country.
Expressing shock at the death of Rabbani, also former
President of Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna "unreservedly" condemned the act of "great brutality."

"I fondly recall my meetings with him in Kabul and again
in New Delhi last July when he had shared his vision of a
harmonious and prosperous Afghanistan," he said in a statement
here, hours after Rabbani was killed in a suicide bomb attack
at his home close to the US Embassy in Kabul.

"Tragically, the forces of terror and hatred have
silenced yet another powerful voice of reason and peace in
Afghanistan. We unreservedly condemn this act of great
brutality," the Minister said.
However, Krishna reiterated the steadfast support of
the people and government of India in Afghanistan`s "quest for
peace and efforts to strengthen the roots of democracy".

He also offered his "deepest condolences" to the
family of Rabbani and to the people of Afghanistan.


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