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Many VIPs write condolences at Afghan Embassy for VP Fahim

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Seoul received mourning visitors to the Embassy of Afghanistan in Seoul on March 11-12, 2014 to write their condolences in the Condolence Book prepared at an Embassy for the late Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim who passed away on March 9, 2014, including the representatives of The Korea Post.
They mourning visitors included ambassadors and other senior diplomats from embassies of nearly 50 countries in Korea as well as from Korean society including the representatives of the mass communications media such as The Korea Post.

The late Afghan vice-president Marshal Fahim was laid to rest in Deh Kepak area of Kabul city on March 11, 2014.

Tens of thousands of mourners attended the funeral ceremony of late Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim. A state funeral service was also held at the presidential palace and the ministry of defense of Afghanistan.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai along with the other high ranking government officials, family members of Marshal Fahim and foreign dignitaries including the vice-president of India attended the funeral ceremony held in presidential palace.
Marshal Fahim died at the age of 57 at his residence in capital Kabul, due to the illness he was suffering.

The government of Afghanistan called for three days of national mourning and the flag of Afghanistan will be hoisted to half-mast.

President Karzai said late Marshal Fahim was a good friend and he was accompanied by him during the past 12 years, both in hard, happy and sad times.

Karzai called the late Marshal a patriotic Afghan and said he was a good companion and assistant where he played a vital role in all issues related to Afghan government’s national and international affairs during the past 12 years.

Marshal Fahim passed away at a critical time as Afghanistan is going through a crucial political and security situation, where only three weeks are left for the presidential election.
Political observers believe that the late Marshal could play a vital role to organize a free and fair election which is due to be organized earlier in April.

The late Marshal had survived a number of life attempt attacks during the past twelve years. He survived a roadside bomb attack in eastern Jalalabad city of Afghanistan earlier in 2002, while another individual was arrested by Afghan intelligence during the same year who was plotting to assassinate him.

Afghan security forces discovered explosives near his residence in capital in 2003, while one of his security guards was killed in a suicide attack during the same year.

He also survived a suicide attack in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan in July of 2009 while he was busy in elections campaign for President Hamid Karzai.

이경식 기자  edt@koreapost.com

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