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UPDATED: 13:43, January 16, 2006
Afghan president condemns assassination of former interior minister
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the killing of Mullah Mohammad Khaksar, former interior minister in Taliban regime, the office of spokesperson of the president announced Monday.

"Hamid Karzai, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, strongly condemns the killing of Mullah Mohammad Khaksar. Mullah Khaksar, who worked as deputy minister of interior during Taliban regime, was shot dead Saturday in Kandahar province," it said in a news release.

It quoted the words of Karzai and said, "This action of the ousted Taliban's seniors well explains their weakness, fear and is a clear indication of their hostility with the peace process. Their purpose of disturbing the peace process is not only to shed the blood of innocent people but even their own former supporters, which is both against the sacred religion of Islam and humanity."

"The president urged the relevant authorities to investigate the crime and to bring the culprits to justice as soon as possible. The president also presents his heartfelt condolences to the family and relatives of Mullah Mohammad Khaksar," it said.

Mullah Khaksar was killed Saturday on his way back home by two gunmen in motorcycle. Taliban claimed responsibility of the killing and said the pro-government officials belong to their range of targets.

Source: Xinhua

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