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    Karzai to scientists: help resolve Kabul problems

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday urged scientists and experts to study the problems being face by Kabul and find out solutions for them.

    In a message read out at a seminar on the 2,883rd anniversary of the Afghan capital, ordered by the president, Karzai hoped the event would convince residents to take part in cleaning their city.

    He called for the participants to focus on city expansion issues, reconstruction of monuments, green belts, parks, proper bus stands, cleanliness and other problems. Such seminars were fruitful in terms of research on the historical city, the president said.

    Built for a million people, the city's current population is estimated at more than five million and the number of vehicles in it at over half a million. In such an overpopulated environment, living was difficult, officials said.

    Since the first seminar on the subject in 2010, significant steps had been taken towards reconstruction with the help of the people, the Kabul mayor said.

    Mohammad Younus Nawandesh said construction work was underway at 89 points in the city. Kabul would be a thoroughly changed and transformed city over the next few years, he said.

    In addition to the ongoing reconstruction effort, the municipality planned to arrange scientific and research programmes on Kabul's culture and civilisation, the mayor added.

    Minister of Information and Culture Syed Makhdoom Rahin said Kabul had a history spanning thousands of years."We should know this proud history. One way of knowing it is holding such seminars."

    More than 100 officials, experts, scientists, professors and ambassadors participated in the seminar. Some artistes and writers also presented their works on the occasion.