Salahuddin Rabbani Appointed as New Chief of High Peace Council
Publish Date: Apr 14, 2012
April 14, 2012 - During a meeting of the members of the High Peace Council held in the Presidential Palace, Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani was appointed in a unanimous agreement as the new Chairman of Afghanistan High Peace Council.
The ceremony, also attended by President Karzai, Vice-president Marshal Fahim, Governor Attah Mohammad Noor and Ustad Sayaf, began first by praising and recognizing the efforts and true services rendered by Professor Mujadeddi as the head of the Commission to strengthen peace and in the past during the Jihad to liberate the country and his subsequent services to form an Islamic government.
The gathering also recognized with honor the devotion and sacrifice that Martyr Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani made for peace.
Welcoming and congratulating Mr. Rabbani’s appointment as the new chairman for the high peace council, President Karzai described it a “move that will further forge national unity and an appropriate decision to prevent outside interferences into Afghan internal affairs.”
The President stressed that, “we all have to stand firm with one voice by Mr. Rabbani for the sake of peace.”
Chairman Rabbani thanked President Karzai and members of the High Peace Council for the confidence and trust placed in him and said, “I believe it is only through peace that stability and security can be ensured in Afghanistan. We look at peace as a religious principle. “
He stressed that the country’s peace process can yield results only when it is led by Afghans themselves. “Otherwise, public confidence can not be won in fulfilling this national and Islamic duty." he added.
He further said, continued conflicts and insecurity in Afghanistan has led to the presence in the region of foreign troops, so making efforts for peace is indeed a step taken towards a reduced need for foreign force presence and opens an exit way for foreign forces.
Vice-president Fahim also congratulated Mr. Rabbani on his appointment and said all Afghans desire an early return of peace to their country and stressed that “Afghans, just like any other nation in the world, has the right to live a peaceful and prosperous life.”
On the need to reach out to the opposition for talks, Marshal Fahim said “we have to continue to extend our hands time and again to the government armed opposition to join the peace process and I will back and support this process even if it comes at the cost of my own life.”
Ustad Sayaf too was one of the speakers who called peace a blessing by Allah and a demand of people and thus required all of us to support it.
Governor Attah Mohammad Noor also spoke in the ceremony and described peace as one of the most urgent needs of the people. He pointed to the decades of pains and sufferings Afghans had endured and said, “Our nation can not take any more adversities.”
Pledging a full support to the Peace Process, Governor Noor said, “I hereby assure you, Mr. President and Chairman Rabbani that I will do everything in my capacity to back this process and would spare no efforts in delivering on this Afghan and Islamic duty of ours”