Karzai vows to preserve country's sovereignty
Afghanistan, which has never been under British occupation, won freedom from the United Kingdom 94 years ago during former King Ghazi Amanullah Khan's rule.
The 94th Independence Day was marked by a series of event in the central capital Kabul and other major cities of the country.
The day dawned with a 21-cannon salute from the Ministry of Defence in Kabul before President Hamid Karzai laid a floral wreath on the Freedom Monument.
In his message on the occasion, Karzai congratulated his countrymen, saying: “Afghanistan’s history is full of achievements, pride and heroism. Despite aggression against it, our proud nation has never bowed to outsiders.”
In order to protect their honour, dignity and sovereignty, the Afghans had rendered many sacrifices, the president said. His administration would do all it could to make Afghanistan a strong country, he promised.
“Today we are commemorating the sacrifices that our forefathers rendered 94 years ago to win independence by driving outsiders from the country, showing a a spirit of unity and brotherhood,” he remarked.
In a statement from his office, the president asked the nation to renew its pledge to beat back aggressors in the future and preserve its independence with unity. Outsiders should stop thinking about conquering Afghanistan, he concluded.
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