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Former leader prefers Taliban over Zahir Shah

By
AAMIR SHAH

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 3 -- Afghanistan's former president and one-time mujahedin leader said Wednesday he supported the ruling Taliban, preferring them to the country's former monarch, who has proposed an interim government to replace the extremist Islamist sect.

In a statement broadcast by Radio Shariat from Kabul, Sibghatullah Mujaddadi condemned Mohammed Zahir Shah saying his support for Western attacks on Afghanistan was a result of his "lust for power."

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A short-term predecessor to Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan's president before the Taliban seized power in 1996, Mujaddadi called the Taliban the "true faithful;" and asserted Zahir Shah wants to seize control through "external crutches."NEWLN:

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