Dr. Abdullah's Team Received by Tens of Thousands of Kandaharis
Today, March 30, tens of thousands of Kandaharis held a rally in support of the Dr. Abdullah and his team of Reform and Partnership. Before Dr. Abdullah's speech certain tribal elders spoke about this historic moment and declared their support of the team. Afterwards, Noorul-haq Oloomi, the United National party head and the head of the executive committee of the National Coalition of Afghanistan spoke and said that the team of Reform and Partnership wants the unity of the nation and has kept close to the people for all these years and has listened to the needs and problems of the people, and will remain with the people in the future.
This rally, held in the Kandahar's sports stadium was attended by the district officials, religious scholars, elderly folks, women and youth.
Haji Mohammad Mohaqeq, the second vice-president also spoke: He said that creating unity among all peoples of Afghanistan is one the priorities of his team's government and considered the upcoming election the only way forward and the only way to bring peace and security to the people. But if the election does not take place, he is sure the country will face major problems.
Engineer Mohammad Khan, the first vice president asked the people to use their vote for a team that is for security and unity. He asked the people to make sure that they vote in the coming election.
Dr. Abdullah, in his speech said 'it felt great to come home!' and that he considered Kandahar the home of Mirwais and Ahmad Shah Durrani and its service is an important duty. He promised to take practical steps towards reconstruction of Kandahar once elected. He said he considers himself a servant of the people and he is ready to serve them. Referring to the terrorist attack on the headquarters of the Independent Election Commission he said the people of Afghanistan will not be scared with such tactics but rather they are determined to cast their vote! He also said that in case of success he will pay attention to the religious schools (madrassas) of Kandahar and will rehabilitate them such that people would not feel the need to go outside the country for religious studies. He called on the authorities to make every effort to hold a credible, safe and correct election.
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