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President Karzai Is Saddened by the Mine Blast in Pakistan
Office of the Spokesman to the President


Arg, Kabul - H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, was saddened by the news of at least 26 people being killed after their vehicle hit a landmine in the province of Balochistan, Pakistan.

In his reaction to the news the President said, “Landmines never make peace and can not distinguish between soldiers and civilians, between tanks and tractors and constitute a malignant threat to whole societies.”

“The people of Afghanistan have suffered greatly from landmines for many years and understand the pain and suffering that landmines cause. Afghanistan has signed the Mine Ban Treaty and will remain committed to prohibit the use of landmines. I urge countries around the world to unite in banning landmines.”

The President, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, expressed his heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the brotherly people and Government of Pakistan.

For further information, please contact:

Khaleeq Ahmad, Deputy Spokesman on International Affairs
Tel.: 00 93 70 286 853

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