Independence Day marked in Jalalabad
In the absence of Governor Gul Agha Sherzai due to illness, his deputy Hanif Gardiwal chaired the ceremony at the shrine of Amanullah, who won complete independence in the month-long Third Anglo-Afghan War with Britain in 1919.
Attended by tribal elders, provincial officials, security chiefs and diplomats, the ceremony at the Governor's House began with recitation from the Holy Quran and playing of national anthem.
Addressing the gathering, Gardiwal said they were celebrating Independence Day at a time when Afghan security forces were taking the security lead and High Peace Council had embarked on reconciliation with the militants. He invited the fighters to join the national mainstream.
Gen. Muhammad Afzal, the 201s Selab Corps commander, said Afghan always resolved national issues with unity and fought together for peace in the country. He assured Nangarhar residents that security forces would defend every inch of their homeland.
Pakistani Consul General Tawfiq Ghauri and Indian counterpart, who were also present on the occasion, congratulated the Afghan nation, especially the people of Nangarhar, on their Independence Day.
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