Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen has condemned, in the strongest terms, the recent attacks and intimidation attempts targeting parliamentary election candidates in Afghanistan.
In the second such violent attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the office of a candidate in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Tuesday, killing the candidate and seven other civilians. Scores of innocent Afghans were also wounded in the attack.
Al-Othaimeen conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and expressed OIC's support to the government of Afghanistan for its firm commitment to conduct free, fair and transparent elections as scheduled for October 20.
The OIC chief drew attention to the letter and spirit of the Makkah Declaration of the International Ulema Conference for Peace and Security in Afghanistan and urged the member states, the parties to the conflict and all friends of Afghanistan to redouble their efforts to achieve reconciliation and a lasting peaceful settlement to the conflict in the country.
Source: International Islamic News Agency