Kabul, Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said that his half brother`s assassination reflects the suffering of all Afghan people.
Karzai said that in a press conference that Ahmed Wali Karzai`s death is a pain he shares with all Afghans.
Officials say Ahmed Wali Karzai was assassinated by a bodyguard at his home in Kandahar.
The President says "in the houses of the people of Afghanistan, each of us is suffering and our hope is, God willing, to remove this suffering from the people of Afghanistan and implement peace and stability."
Karzai`s powerful half brother, a lightning rod for criticism of all that is wrong with the Afghan government, was assassinated by a bodyguard early today at his home in the southern province of Kandahar.
Ahmed Wali Karzai, who was head of the Kandahar provincial council, had become a political liability for the Karzai government after a series of allegations, including that he was on the CIA payroll and involved in drug trafficking. He denied the charges, and the president repeatedly defended him, denouncing accusations that his brother was involved in criminal activities in the restive south.