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Govt. apologizes to families of Kunduz airstrike victims

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President Ghani meeting a number of elders, religious scholars and families of victims of Dasht-e-Archi air strike of Kunduz President Ghani meeting a number of elders, religious scholars and families of victims of Dasht-e-Archi air strike of Kunduz
 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of elders, religious scholars and families of victims of Dasht-e-Archi air strike of Kunduz province the other day, a presidential statement said.
Farid Ahmad Kakar, Mualvi Nasrullah Akhunzada, Sheikh Mumtaz Agha, Mohammad Zarif, Hameed Kakar, Haji Bismillah, Mualvi Abdul Basir, Muallah Akhtar Mohammad and Abdul Wudood talked on behalf of others.
They said they desired peace in their areas and had always slammed attacks on civilians, holy places and public institutions.
The elders presented information about the raid on the seminary, civilian’s casualties, including children, and urged prevention of such attacks in future and sought severe punishment for the perpetrators.
Meanwhile President Ghani said government was apologizing for civilian casualties in an Afghan forces airstrike in Dasht-i-Archi district of northern Kunduz province, the statement added.
President Ghani recalled he directed defense minister on the night of the attack to bring about brought accuracy in air forces and prevent such raids immediately.
President Ghani added the Afghan government, especially the MoD apologized, to the families of victims. He ordered officials concerned to extend assistance to the affected families.
According to presidential statement, the president informed the government would also establish a comprehensive mosque for the martyrs.
President Ghani remarked: “If Taliban think they are from this nation, they should come and participate in elections and renounce killing of countrymen and destroying the country.”
He said the war had some principles, but Taliban observed none and event targeted mosques, people, women, children and public sites.
About two months back, Afghan Air Forces bombed a seminary in the district that left dozens of civilians dead and injured.