India has termed Saturday’s election to choose a successor to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai as a “resounding rejection of the designs and ideology of terrorists and their supporters.”

“Today the Afghan people, including its women and youth have spoken in loud and clear terms.

“This is an important message that everyone should listen to,” said Syed Akbaruddin, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Resolve lauded

Taking note of the large turnout, India appreciated the resolve to exercise their franchise despite the threat of violence and intimidation from terrorists and those “who do not wish to see a strong democratic and sovereign Afghanistan.”