KABUL (AFP) - Afghan president Hamid Karzai urged the Taliban Monday to lay down their weapons and stop fighting his US-backed government, telling them to take heed from Osama bin Laden who paid for his deeds. Karzai insisted bin Ladens death in Pakistan proved the war on terror was not rooted in his troubled country, where about 130,000 US-led troops have been hunting for remnants of Al-Qaeda and their Taliban allies since 2001. Again and again, for years and every day we have said that the war on terror is not in Afghan villages, not in Afghan houses of the poor and oppressed, he told a gathering of tribal elders at his palace. The war against terrorism is in its sources, in its financial sources, its sanctuaries, in its training bases, not in Afghanistan, Karzai added, alluding to militant bases in Pakistan. It was proven that we were right, he said to applause. Karzai called on the Taliban, the main militant group fighting a 10-year insurgency aimed at toppling his government and evicting NATO troops to learn from what happened yesterday and stop fighting. Talib, come to your country and stop the fighting and leave the weapon that the foreigners have put on your shoulders, he said. He also called on his Western backers, the United States and Europe, to acknowledge what he called the sacrifices of his war-weary people caught in the crossfire between Al-Qaeda-financed militants and foreign forces. While he spoke of appreciation for the sacrifices and assistance from the West, we also want them to acknowledge the patience, resolve, tolerance and sacrifices of the Afghan people, he said. So far they havent. Karzai said he hoped bin Ladens death at the hands of US forces would bring an end to the violent insurgency led by remnants of the Taliban, who sheltered the terrorist mastermind when they were in power between 1996 and 2001. May God stop the terrorists actions with this, with Osama having paid for his deeds, he said. Karzai has been pushing for a political end to the insurgency, arguing many of the rebels fighting against his government could be reconciled. Our voice for peace in Afghanistan was the right voice, it was a justified demand. We want peace for our land in friendship with our neighbours and the international community, he said. The Afghan defence ministry welcomed the killing of the worlds most wanted man as a great victory for those fighting the terrorism. While many ordinary Afghans welcomed the news of the Al-Qaedas leader death, New York-style celebrations were absent on the streets of Afghan cities. This is a great achievement. Al-Qaeda will be weakened and its destructive actions will cease, said Doost Mohammad, a shopkeeper in the eastern city of Jalalabad, not far from the border with Pakistan. Now we need security in Afghanistan, no security could have been achieved with Al-Qaeda, he added.