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– ANOTHER PEACE BROKER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

A suicide bombing has killed Mohammad Hashim Munib, a senior peace envoy in Afghanistan’s Northeastern Kunar province, according to local police on Friday 04/06/2012. A year ago another pro-US leader in the province, Malik Zarin, was killed too ina similar way(see -Kunar 04.13.11).

Mohammad Hashim Munib, the provincial head of the government-appointed High Peace Council, and his son were killed in the blast as they were returning home from Friday prayers, officials said. Two people were wounded in the blast which also killed the bomber.

Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, a senior peace council official, paid tribute to Munib, saying he had been targeted by “enemies of peace”, usually intended to mean the Taliban by Afghan government officials. “He was an influential figure in Afghanistan and had drawn many insurgents to lay down arms and join the peace process,” said Stanikzai (see -Enigmatic-Peace).

Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president appointed head of the peace council by current President Hamid Karzai, was assassinated last year by a purported Taliban envoy who hid a bomb in his turban (see – Rabbani’s Assassination).

Munib was a former senior commander of Hezb-e-Islami, founded by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one of the so-called “Mujahedeen”: armed groups that fought Soviet troops in the 1980s.

Mohammad Hashim Munib left the group before Karzai took power and had never taken up arms against the current government. Kunar, bordering neighbouring Pakistan, is considered a Taliban stronghold in the country’s volatile east.

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** According to sources in Afghanistan, on Monday 04/09/2012, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef fled the country to the Gulf Emirates allegedlly after US troops attempted to raid his home in Kabul. A spokesman for the US-led NATO-ISAF said they were unaware of the alleged raids. “ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] and US forces have no records of ever visiting Mr Zaeef or his residence,” Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for ISAF and US forces in Afghanistan said to reporters, It is most likelly that Abdul Salam Zaeef actually fled the Taliban who are hunting down anyone they supected to be a colaborator with the Americans, Hamid Karzai’s regime and especially those who are involved in the virtual peace process (see – UN 07.30.10).
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Other sources said Abdul Salam Zaeef’s migration to the UAE, in late 03/2012, was, supposedlly, aimed at playing his role to arrange peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government .
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