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Abdul Haq to be buried in Peshawar on Sunday

The Afghan Islamic Press reported on Saturday that the body of executed Afghan resistance commander Abdul Haq will be handed over to his relatives in Kabul who will take it to Peshawar, Pakistan, on Sunday for burial.

The forty-three-year-old Haq, who had slipped into Afghanistan from Pakistan earlier this week with the aim of winning over his fellow Pushtoons and moderate elements within the Taleban, was captured at Azro in Logar province despite efforts by American forces to rescue him.

The Pakistan-based news agency said the bodies of the commander and two others killed with him were now in the Kabul.

"The dead bodies of commander Abdul Haq and his associates were shifted to Kabul on Friday and we have decided to hand them over to their relatives," the new agency quoted a Taleban spokesman as saying.

Meanwhile, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said that Haq's death would have no bearing on the future of Afghanistan.

"He was a freedom fighter and then he went abroad and did not have a role to play," the president said after talks with Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok.

"I don't think that his not being on the scene will have any impact whatsoever on the political disposition," he said.

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