ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai and condoled over the assassination of former Afghan President and head of the Afghan High Peace Council Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani in a suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday.
The President said that he was deeply grieved over the tragic assassination of Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani who, he said, was personally known to him and had met him on several occasions.
Condemning the assassination as a ‘senseless and despicable act’ the President said that all peace loving people were shocked and grieved over the assassination.
He said that late Professor Rabbani was a friend of Pakistan and the government and the people of Pakistan were with the people of Afghanistan in this hour of distress and agony.
Professor Burhanudin laid down his life in the cause of peace and reconciliation, the President said and added that his sacrifice will not go in vain. He said that the assassination would not deter peace loving people from pursuing the path of peace and reconciliation.
If anything, it should strengthen our common resolve to pursue the path of peace and not let the extremists and militants prevail, President Zardari said to Hamid Karzai.
President Zardari said that he wanted to personally come for the funeral but was prevented from leaving the country due to the flood havoc in Sindh.
Karzai thanked President Zardari for his gesture.