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Late Marshal Fahim Laid to Rest


KABUL – Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim laid to rest in Kipak Hill area of the capital Kabul on Tuesday, officials said. During his burial, a ceremony to fire a 21-gun salute in honour of the country’s late and charismatic vice-president was observed. Earlier in the day, the state funeral service for Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim was held at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday.

Fahim died on Sunday of heart attack at his Kabul residence, the government announced and called for three days of national mourning, during which the national flags were hoisted half-mast in Afghanistan and Afghan embassies abroad. Following a military ceremony at the Ministry of Defence, Fahim’s body was taken in a large procession from there to the Presidential Office, where the state funeral took place at around 10:45am.

After the burial ceremony, Defense Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi said late Marshal Fahim was the first Jihadi leader started fighting against soviet forces from Shigal district of eastern Logar province. A Wolesi Jirga member, Mohammad Younus Qanooni said huge number participation of people in Fahim’s funeral showed he was not restricted to only one tribe rather he was equally popular among the countrymen. Qanooni called Fahim’s death a big loss and said late Fahim struggled throughout his life for forging national unity and solidarity. (Pajhwok)

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