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    Streetlights installed in Maimana

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Several parts of Maimana, capital of western Faryab province, have been lit up for the first time with the installation of hundreds of streetlights, an official said on Friday.

    At a special ceremony, Governor Abdul Haq Shafaq turned on 400 lampposts in the city on Thursday evening, his spokesman Ahmad Javed Baidar told Pajhwok Afghan News. Another 350 streetlights will be erected soon.

    The lampposts are part of 750 streetlights which are being installed in northern Afghanistan at a cost of $350,000, provided by US forces, according to the gubernatorial spokesman, who said the metal posts had been installed on 10 kilometres of paved roads in the provincial capital.

    A shopkeeper, Muhammad Karim, welcomed the installation of lampposts: "I enjoyed watching the city's real beauty last night when the streetlights were turned on and everything was illuminated." Karim, who plans to keep his shop open until late night, said he had to close his business for the day with the call to Maghreb (sunset) prayer.

    In addition to enhancing the beauty of the city, the streetlights would help maintain security in Maimana, Baidar believed. Robbers and insurgents would no longer be able to strike in the darkness of night, he said.