Amanullah Khan’s tomb in rundown condition
Authorities have failed to pay heed to the dome of Khan’s mausoleum in the Amir Shaheed Garden area of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
Dozens of writers and journalists, who gathered at the site on Monday, lashed out at the provincial government’s inability to repair the dome that is on the verge of collapse.
Lal Pacha Azmoon, the head of Journalists and Writers Association in the eastern zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News other nations paid tribute to their heroes by building academies near their tombs.
Unfortunately, he lamented, the maintenance of Amanullah Khan’s mausoleum had been ignored -- so much so that some unscrupulous elements had tried in vain to grab the land around his tomb.
Despite dollops of aid pouring into the province, the tomb’s remained in a state of disrepair, Azmoon said, warning the dome could be irreparably damaged by rains.
Apart from the government, he continued, the people were also guilty of failing to ensure the upkeep of their hero’s last resting place. “We are unfortunate in that we could not honour our heroes…”
A teacher at the Journalism Faculty of Nangarhar University, Babrak Miakhel, believed a major library should have been set up close to the ex-king’s mausoleum for foreign tourists to study Afghanistan’s history.
Some Afghan leaders and officials were still unaware of the Independence Day significance, he remarked, asking: “What can you expect from those who don’t know the meaning of freedom?”
Journalist Mohammad Asif Shinwari complained the Independence Day was celebrated in Nangarhar in a rather apathetic and lethargic fashion.
The only function marking the day took place behind ramparts of the governor’s office, he said, adding some top-ranking officials could not make it to the venue because of the current security environment.
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