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Govt, Taliban greet nation on Independence Day

Govt, Taliban greet nation on Independence Day

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Aug 18, 2011 - 20:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Ministry of Interior, the Governor's House of central Maidan Wardak province and the anti-government movement of Talibaninfo-icon on Thursday congratulated the nation on celebrating the country's 92nd Independence Day.

"About 92 years ago, our freedom loving grandfathers got independence from Britain by unity, brotherhood and with the grace of Allah. Now it is our duty to transfer this independence to the coming generations," the interior ministry said in a statement.

The statement congratulated all Muslims, Mujahidenn, freedom lovers and those martyred in the way of gaining the independence. The ministry hoped Afghans would celebrate the day in a peaceful environmentinfo-icon.

Afghanistaninfo-icon, which has never been part of the British Empire, celebrates the day to commemorate the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted it independence.

The Britons fought three wars in Afghanistan. The First Anglo-Afghan War, 1839-1839, led to the massacre of the entire British invading force in Jalalabad.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Halim Fidayee, the governor of central Maidan Wardak province chaired a meeting at the governor's office to greet the nation on celebrating the independence day. The meeting was attended by members of provincial council, district chiefs, tribal elders, religious scholars and other officials.

"Until we are not self-sufficient economically, politically and socially, we are not independent," Fidayee said.

Afghans needed to fight against illiteracy, poverty, ignorance and superstitious thoughts in order to have economical, political and culture freedom, he said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban also congratulated the nation over the Independence Day.

"If foreign invaders continue to play their arm-twisting politics, they would also have to meet the same fate as the British soldiers in 1919," the Taliban said in a statement.

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