Marshal Fahim, First Vice President of Afghanistan
It is a major and tragic incident, and I express my deep condolences to the great Mojahed”s family and the Muslim nation of Afghanistan.(The Taliban) have cowardly martyred the most important scholar and leading personality of the Islamic movement in Afghanistan who was also leading the peace process. However, we will go on trying to restore peace in our country.
Abdul Khaliq Farahi, President of Afghanistan’s Independent Directorate of Local Governance
Unity is now the key to the success of the Peace Process
UN Security Council
This murder was directed directly against the hopes of the Afghan people for peace and reconciliation. The members of the Security Council reiterate their firm commitment to support the government of Afghanistan in its efforts to advance the peace and the reconciliation process.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wounded. I would like to reiterate that the United Nations remains committed to supporting Afghanistan and its people in attaining peace and stability and to working in close cooperation with them.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen
I would like to send a message to the enemies of Afghanistan. Our resolve is firm and we will, with the Afghan government, continue the transition process and gradually hand over responsibility to the Afghan security forces. Hopefully that will be completed by the end of 2014. … You (the Taliban) will not stop the Afghan people from taking their destiny in their own hands and you will not shake the resolve of the international and Afghan partnership.
Last night we lost a great Afghan leader and a champion of peace. Former President Rabbani lived through decades of tumult and war. He did not just experience the events of the past decades. In many respects, he shaped them. He was, in fact, the author of much of where we are today, with respect to peace.
He knew what Taliban rule meant to the people of Afghanistan and to the world. It meant oppression, it meant violence, and it meant darkness. That is why he dedicated himself to the cause of peace as Chairman of the High Peace Council.
Insurgent leaders understand that peace and reintegration is one of the greatest threats they face. And so they targeted the men who sought to bring peace to the Afghan people. It is yet another instance of the insurgents seeking to frighten and intimidate the Afghan people into submission through high-profile attacks.
We are not going to allow a few insurgents and suicide bombers to hold up the progress of the Afghan people, or to hold it hostage through their vicious acts. These attacks are a sign of their weakness, not of their strength. The attack last night will not deter us from the pursuit of peace and Reintegration in Afghanistan. It will not deter us. It strengthens our resolve and determination.
We will breathe new energy and fight into this peace process. We will generate effects and we will advance peace.
Gen John R. Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force
The face of the peace initiative has been attacked. This is another outrageous indicator that, regardless of what Taliban leaders outside the country say, they do not want peace, but rather war. Our condolences go out to the families of Prof. Rabbani and Minister Stanekzai. We will continue to work closely with our Afghan partners in our march toward peace, and to hold those responsible for this heinous act accountable for their crimes against the people of Afghanistan
Simon Gass, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan
Professor Rabbani was a brave man, who did not hesitate to risk his own life in the search for a better future for all Afghans. Minister Stanekzai, too, is an outstanding Afghan patriot who has worked tirelessly for reconciliation. It is clear that the organisers attacked what they feared most - peace. For they know that the creed of hatred and oppression which they represent will always be contrary to the free will of the Afghan people. My condolences go to the victims, family and friends of all those killed and wounded in this attack.
British Prime Minister
I am absolutely appalled by the murder of Burhanuddin Rabbani. He was a respected former President of Afghanistan and played a vital role as the chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council. We met on my last trip to Afghanistan where I was able to hear and see for myself his determination to work for a better Afghanistan. He will be sorely missed but the work of the Peace Council will go on. We remain determined to see Afghanistan prosper.
US President Barack Obama
The killing of Afghanistan's ex-leader will not deter the U.S. and Afghanistan from helping that country's people live freely … Prof. Rabbani was a man who cared deeply about Afghanistan, had been a valued advisor to President Karzai, and was an enormous contributor to rebuilding the country. It is a tragic loss. We want to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and the people of Afghanistan.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of Dr. Burhanuddin Rabbani, former President of Afghanistan and the head of the High Peace Council. We extend our condolences to the people of Afghanistan, to the family of Dr. Rabbani, and to the families of all victims of today's attack. Those responsible for this attack show their disregard for the efforts that Dr. Rabbani led in the cause of peace for Afghanistan. This kind of cowardly attack will only harden our resolve to work together with the Afghan Government and people to end the insurgency and realize a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy
In these testing times, France reiterates its determination to fight the scourge of terrorism relentlessly on the side of the Afghans and to support, with equal vigour, the cause of peace and reconciliation.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari
Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani’s assassination will not deter peace- loving people from pursuing the path of peace and reconciliation, but strengthen their resolve for the cause. The people of Pakistan stand by their Afghan brothers and sisters in this moment of grief. Rabbani was a friend of Pakistan with whom we were working closely within the Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Commission for Reconciliation and Peace on a vision for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s ambassador Mohammad Sadiq
This dastardly act of assassination has been committed by the forces which are opposed to bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan and the region. These evil forces are enemies of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The enemies should not under-estimate our joint resolve for peace.
Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs, S. M. Krishna
Tragically, the forces of terror and hatred have silenced yet another powerful voice of reason and peace in Afghanistan. We strongly condemn this act of brutality. I offer my deepest condolences and solidarity to the members of the family of Prof. Rabbani and the people of Afghanistan. I would also like to reiterate the support of the people and government of India in Afghanistan’s mission for peace and efforts to strengthen the roots of democracy.
Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
This ugly and cowardly terrorist act runs counter to the noble values and the teachings of Islam. I appeal to all Afghans to shun violence - dialogue remains the only option to resolve the conflict in Afghanistan.
Ali Akbar Walaiati of the Iranian Leadership
This assassination is not a sign of the enemy’s strength but it is a sign of their weakness. People of Iran are very saddened by the assassination of Prof. Rabbani because he was not only a sign of national unity, he was a scholar in regional issues and the world of Islam.
General Azimi, spokesperson Afghan Ministry of Defence
The martyrdom of this great man, the founder of the Islamic Movement in Afghanistan, in this important time in our country has put every Afghan in grief and sorrow. The personnel of MOD with the strongest terms possible condemns this unforgivable crime and conveys its condolences and sympathies to his Excellency, President Karzai, people of Afghanistan and Prof. Rabbani’s family.