Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul May 2, 2011. Karzai called on the Taliban on Monday to refrain from fighting after the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and said the Taliban must learn a lesson from his death. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
By Abdul Haleem, Zhang Jianhua
KABUL, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday welcomed the reported killing of al-Qaida network leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and urged NATO-led troops to chase terrorists outside Afghanistan.
Osama bin Laden, who had been regarded as terror kingpin whose activities has prompted Washington and allied nations to deploy over 140,000 troops in Afghanistan, was killed in Pakistan Sunday night.
"Osama was killed by American troops in Abbotabad of Pakistan yesterday and I hope with his elimination the terrorist activities will be over," Karzai said at a conference of elders held at his Palace in Afghan capital Kabul.
Afghan President also stated that killing Osama in Pakistan clearly has proved that war on terror in Afghan villages would not achieve the set goals; rather the international community should focus on terrorists safe havens outside Afghanistan.
The leader of al-Qaida network Osama bin Laden, according to media reports was killed by the U.S. forces special operation in Abbotabad district of Pakistan.
President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that al-Qaida elusive leader and the alleged architect of 9/11 attacks on U.S. Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. military operation and is confirmed dead.
"The death of Osama in Pakistan has proved the accuracy of our claim that terrorists centers are outside Afghanistan and not in Afghan villages,"Afghan President said, adding Afghans are cooperating with international community in war on terror.
"Once again I am calling on NATO that war against terrorists should not be continued in Afghan villages. Osama was spotted and killed in Abbotabad of Pakistan and not in Afghan villages or towns," President Karzai said.
In this regard he added that bin Laden was not found in Logar, Mazar, Paktia and other Afghan cities, instead he was located in Abbotabad of Pakistan.
President Karzai also hoped that Osama bin Laden's death would lead to restriction of terrorist activities and eventually to the return of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the region and the world at large.
Afghan Defense Ministry in a statement released in Kabul described the elimination of al-Qaida chief as a big victory in the war against terror and major setback to terrorists.