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Massoud stresses unity during Martyrs Week

Massoud stresses unity during Martyrs Week

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Sep 07, 2017 - 12:59

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation chief on Wednesday stressed the need for national unity, urging the residents of Kabul to respect the Martyrs Week and avoid creating tensions during the period.

At a press conference on preparations for the Martyrs Week here, Ahmad Wali Massoud expressed his concern over the current situation and asked people to stand united against the enemy.

“Without unity, there is no other way for us to follow. We Afghans have to work for unity regardless of our ethnic and languistic backgrounds,” he remarked.

“Ethnic and languistic discrimination allows the enemy to exploit the people, so we should be united and work for the development of the country,” he said.

Massoud added the events commemorating the death anniversary of legendary jihadi leader Ahmad Shah Massoud included a cultural programme and a poetry session.

An official government ceremony, Quran Khwani, meals for the people, blood donations and big events in major provinces of the country will be organised.

He said some circles misused such ceremonies to fuel riots. “Prevention of riots during the commemoration ceremony is the responsibility of the government,” he said.

He asked Kabul residents, particularly youth, to avoid anarchism and harassment during the Martyrs’ Week and not to harass the public.

Popularly known as the Lion of Panjsher, Massoud was assassinated in the Khwaja Bahauddin district of northern Takhar province on September 9, 2001 by two Arabs posing as journalists.

He was assassinated in a suicide bombing, believed to be the first in Afghanistan, two days ahead of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

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