Karzai predicts end of terrorism

Karzai predicts end of terrorism

Afghan president Hamid Karzai said the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan proves that the fight against terrorists should be focused on the neighbouring country.

He said he hopes bin Laden’s death will mean the end of terrorism.

Mr Karzai told an assembly of Afghan district government officials today that this is “a very important day” and bin Laden received his due punishment.

The hall erupted into applause following the comment.

He said the death of bin Laden in Pakistan proves he was correct in chastising international forces for concentrating their fight in Afghan villages rather than insurgent safe havens abroad.

But Pakistan's foreign ministry said the death of bin Laden shows the resolve of his country and the world to fight terrorism.

Pakistan’s first official statement about the operation to kill bin Laden said today’s raid was a US operation.

Bin Laden was killed in a luxury house in the town of Abbottabad not far from a Pakistani military academy, raising questions over whether Pakistan might have known of his whereabouts.

The official statement did not address those questions.

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