India on Tuesday reacted with shock to the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in a bomb attack on his home in Kabul and strongly condemned the terror act.
"I am shocked to receive news of the assassination of chairman of the High Peace Council and former president of Afghanistan, Professor Burhanudin Rabbani, earlier today," external affairs minister SM Krishna, who is in New York in connection with the United National General Assembly session, said in a statement.
"I fondly recall my meetings with him in Kabul and again in New Delhi last July, when he had shared his vision of a harmonious and prosperous Afghanistan. Tragically, the forces of terror and hatred have silenced yet another powerful voice of reason and peace in Afghanistan. We unreservedly condemn this act of great brutality," Krishna said.
Offering his deepest condolences to and solidarity with Rabbani's members and the Afghan people, Krishna also reiterated the steadfast support of the people and government of India in Afghanistan's quest for peace and efforts to strengthen the roots of democracy.