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Fahim’s funeral prayers held at presidential palace

Mohammad-Qasim-Fahim-funeralFuneral prayers for the Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim held at the presidential palace on Tuesday, an official said.

Fahim died on Sunday of heart attack at his Kabul residence, a presidential spokesman said, adding the government had announced a three-day mourning period, during which the national flags would be lowered half-mast.
His body had been taken in a large procession from defence ministry to the presidential office, where his funeral ceremony took place at around 10:45am.
President Hamid Karzai, high ranking government officials, family members of the late VP and a number of Afghan and foreign guests attended his funeral prayers.
He would be laid to rest at the Deh Kepak hill of Kabul city.
Interior Ministry Spokesman Siddiqui Siddique said tight security measures have been put in place for the funeral ceremony and security has also been on high alert position.
The government has set up a commission, headed by Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai, to make necessary arrangements for Fahim’s burial ceremony.
The commission announced three days mourning from Monday and declared Tuesday as public holiday on the account of Fahim’s funeral, he added.