World IN BRIEF : AFGHANISTAN : Najibullah Restores King's Citizenship

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

President Najibullah restored citizenship to exiled former King Zahir Shah and 22 members of his family, Kabul Radio said. The broadcast, monitored in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, said the Soviet-backed president had repealed a 1978 decree depriving the former royal family members of their citizenship. This was done to help achieve national unity and reconciliation and in recognition of the fact that "all Afghans can play a good role in their country's destiny and construction," the broadcast said.

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