Pak condemns Rabbani`s assassination

Burhanuddin Rabbani was playing a key role in negotiations with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan.

Updated: Sep 21, 2011, 00:27 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s top leadership
"condemned in the strongest terms" the assassination of Afghan
High Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was playing
a key role in negotiations with the Taliban to end the war in
Afghanistan.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed
Yusuf Raza Gilani "condemned in the strongest terms the
terrorist attack" that killed the former Afghan President in
his home in Kabul, said a statement issued by the Foreign
Office.

"On behalf of the people and government of Pakistan,
the Pakistani leadership has conveyed to the brotherly people
and government of Afghanistan extreme anger and shock on the
terrorist attack," the statement said.

The Pakistani people "stand by their Afghan brothers
and sisters in this moment of grief on losing a visionary
leader who was actively pursuing peace and reconciliation in
Afghanistan", it said.

The statement described Rabbani as a "friend of
Pakistan" with whom Islamabad was "working closely within the
Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Reconciliation and
Peace on a vision for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan".

Rabbani was "martyred by the enemies of peace in
Afghanistan," it said.

A suicide bomber with explosives hidden in his
turban killed Rabbani in the latest in a string of
high-profile assassinations in Afghanistan.

His death is being seen as a major blow to the effort
to begin negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.

PTI