President Hamid Karzai speaking to the participants of international seminar on 'Baacha Khan and non-violence' held in Kabul

The Afghan President urged the participants to spread the message of
Baacha Khan throughout the world so they could see that the non-violence policy
of Abdul Ghaffar Khan was the only way which could help human beings get rid of
the man created problems.

Kabul: The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the people of
Afghanistan and Pakistan would not have been burnt in the fire of violence if
they had followed the non-violence philosophy of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

This he said while addressing the opening ceremony of a 3 day international
conference being held by the Afghanistan information and culture ministry on
Saturday to commemorate Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, opularly known as Baacha Khan,
a press statement said.

Lauding the struggle of Abdul Ghaffar Khan to free his area from the grip of
English government through his non-violence philosophy, Karzai said Baacha Khan,
the great politician of Pakhtunkhwa, had no clashes with any religion or nation,
adding he believed in the service of the people.

President Hamid Karzai speaking to the participants of international seminar on 'Baacha Khan and non-violence' held in Kabul
Karzai maintained that Baacha Khan has passed 27 years of his life in various
prisons for raising voice to get rights of people and due to his non-violence
and human-respecting policies.
Terming Baacha Khan as inaugurator of education in the Pakhtunkhwa, Karzai said
he kept on establishing schools besides fighting against the English rule and
was imprisoned several times by the then government.

Karzai said Baacha Khan incorporated more than hundred thousand people in the
force of Khudai Khidmatgar and hoped to train his nation in such a style so that
they would consider the service of people as their endeavor.

He maintained they were discussing the character of Baacha Khan when two
terrorist acts, one in a mosque in Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan and another in
Faryab province, Afghanistan, left more than 70 people dead.

Karzai maintained people of Pakistan and Afghanistan were burning in a fire
against which Baacha Khan passed 27 years in prison, adding it would not have
subjected them into that fire if they had followed the non-violence philosophy
of the great Pakistan leader.

The Afghan President urged the participants to spread the message of Baacha Khan
throughout the world so they could see that the non-violence policy of Abdul
Ghaffar Khan was the only way which could help human beings get rid of the man
created problems.

On the occasion minister for information and culture Syed Mekhdum Raheen said
Baacha Khan was known as devotee and lover of regional and international freedom
and rule of law like Nelson Mandela and Martin Lotor King.

Raheen added that the struggles of Pir Rohan, Khushal Khan Khattak and Baacha
Khan were for the same cause, freedom, adding the only difference among the
leaders was that they had belief in spirituality, battle and non-violence
respectively.

Several packed full gatherings were being held in Afghanistan and throughout the
world to recall the struggles of Baacha Khan. However, it is for the first time
in the last 30 years that the Afghanistan information and culture ministry
arranged such a huge meeting to commemorate Baacha Khan and explore various
aspects of his life.

Baacha Khan struggled for the freedom of his people through his non-violence
policy for which he suffered 27 year imprisonments.

The Fakhr-i-Afghan, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, was buried in Nangarhar according to his
last wish. Participants of the gathering, which is being attended by
international scholars and educationists, and also from both sides of the Durand
Line, would highlight their findings and research on the character and
philosophy of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.