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Karzai to Taliban: Help reopen schools

Karzai to Taliban: Help reopen schools

Mar 23, 2013 - 14:56

 KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday asked the Talibaninfo-icon not to prevent students from equipping themselves with educationinfo-icon and cooperate with his administration in reopening closed schools.

While marking the new academic year by ringing a school bell in Kabul, the president highlighted the importance of education, calling it the only way of making Afghanistaninfo-icon self-sufficient.

“I urge the people who attack schools on both sides of the Durand Lineinfo-icon (Afghan-Pakistaninfo-icon border) to avoid torching educational institutions, because it amounts to enmity with sons of the soil,” the president remarked.

Arson attacks on schools, poisoning girl students and spraying their faces with acids, were acts of enmity with humanity and a contemptible attempt at keeping the Afghans in a perpetual state of dependency, Karzai said.

The education ministry says 464 schools remain closed due to insecurity in different parts of the country.

“If you want Afghanistan not to be dependent on others, you should support education because it can make the country independent. I you prevent education, the country is pushed into slavery,” Karzai said in his message to the Taliban.


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