President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday awarded the title of ‘Martyr of The Nation’ title to Hashmat Khalil Karzai, former chairman of Kandahar provincial council and cousin of former president Hamid Karzai.
Hashmat Karzai was assassinated inside his home in the southern Kandahar province in 2014 by a suicide bomber hiding the explosives inside his turban.
A special ceremony in this respect was convened in the presidential palace where the participants with high level Afghan officials in attendance including Presidnet Ashraf Ghani, his predecessor Hamid Karzai and his CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
In their separate remarks, President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah announced the martyrs a common heritage of Afghanistan, saying that no one can exploit the nation’s martyrs to a particular geography or tribe and ethnicity.
Ghani also hailed the gains made by his predecessor Hamid Karzai, adding that the entire nation, his own administration were indebted to the services carried out by Karzai for the Afghan people.
“We are indebted and obsequious to Karzai, he has made a lot of gains for the country, what I learnt from him is patience,” said Ghani.
Hashmat’s son Saifullah was awarded the high medal of Ghazi Mohammad Akbar Khan.
We are not gathered here only to share our sorrows, but we want to say that Hashmat Khalil Karzai’s dreams are changing into reality,” said Ghani.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive officer of national unity government in his remarks at the ceremony said assassination of Afghan personalities was plotted outside the country.
He asked Pakistan to combat terrorism in true sense.
“Enemies of Afghanistan strived for years to exploit the war in Afghanistan as ethnic war. But some people intentionally or ignorantly were deceived by such conspiracies. Even there are propaganda against the Mujahedeen that they were the cause of foreign intervention in Afghanistan. Today who fight in Nawa of Helmand, what is going on in Garmsir? Wherever these youths belong to, they serve everywhere. A martyr is the pride of the whole country and we should not distribute the youths among ourselves,” said Abdullah.
In addition, deputy minister of foreign affairs Hikmat Khalil Karzai announced the inauguration of a charity under the name of his slain brother Hashmat Khalil Karzai, saying the charity will help the poor.
He announced Hashmat Khalil’s assassination a sacrifice for peace.
“Still many friends ask me that what the assassination of your brother proved? I can say that his true feelings for the country proved that he was a nation-oriented man,” he said.
Hashmat Khalil Karzai, the elder son of Khalil Karzai, uncle of former president Hamid Karzai was assassinated inside his home two years in Kandahar after a suicide bomber hiding the explosive in his turn blew it inside his home.