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PublishDate: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 20:27

Karzai condemns assassination of ex-Taliban minister in Pakistan

In the meantime, president Karzai called on Taliban group leaders to return to their homeland and sit-in for peace talks with the Afghan high peace council.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemned the assassination of ex-Taliban minister Mawlavi Abdul Raqib Takhari by unknown gunmen in Peshawar city of Pakistan.
President Karzai said the death of Mawlavi Abdul Raqib was a major sacrifice given to bring peace and stability in the country.
Mawlavi Abdul Raqib Takhari was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Peshawar city on Monday. He was one of the Taliban group leaders who attended talks led by Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim in United Arab Emirates.
Mawlavi Raqib was the minister of martyrs and refugees during the Taliban regime. He was shot dead by gunmen in Pakistan shortly after he returned from talks in Dubai.
In the meantime, president Karzai called on Taliban group leaders to return to their homeland and sit-in for peace talks with the Afghan high peace council.
The targeted assassination of Taliban leaders have increased in the neighboring Pakistan during the recent months. Unknown gunmen shot dead a senior Afghan Taliban leader Noorullah Hotak in Quetta city of Pakistan in December last year.
A senior Haqqani Network leader Dr. Nasiruddin Haqqani was also shot dead by unknown gunmen near Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan earlier in November last year.
No group has claimed responsibility behind the target killing of the Taliban group leaders so far.
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