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Afghanistan marks 40th martyrdom anniversary of former President Daud Khan

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President Ghani marking 40th martyrdom anniversary of former President Daud Khan President Ghani marking 40th martyrdom anniversary of former President Daud Khan
 In the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the first time observed the 40th Martyrdom anniversary of former president Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan in Kabul on Friday, a presidential statement said.
Speaking at the anniversary hosted by the Afghanistan’s Radio and Television (RTA), President Ghani said former president Daud and his family were victims of the first coup, the effects of which were still felt.
He called Ghazi Amanullah Khan and Sardar Daud as the two great personalities of Afghanistan in the 20th century. President Ghani said the message of Daud for the youth of Afghanistan was love and patriotism, adding the Afghans should reach the consensus to fulfill the unfulfilled mission of Daud and Amanullah Khan until 2047.
The president called for realization of the hopes of Sardar Daud in line with the country’s constitution in order to rebuild the country, which was a demand of all the people.
President Ghani said peace was the basic demand of the Afghanistan people. 
In this regard there was consensus and no hurdle in the peace process was acceptable, he added. The Afghan leader said stability, peace and prosperity could be achieved only through the constitution.
About Daud Khan, President Ghani said he was pure soul. 
“He considered the Baitul Mall as the nation’s wealth. Nothing is available to say he misused public assets.”
Meanwhile representing the former president family, Sardar Naim Khan said they were waiting for almost 40 years to see their wounds treated, adding it was the first time the President paying tribute to the works of former president and indeed was giving love to the family of martyred Daud Khan.
Sardar Daud was killed along with his family in a communist-backed military coup in 1978.