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Afghanistan celebrates 97th Independence Day

Afghanistan celebrates 97th Independence Day

Aug 18, 2016 - 10:35

KABUL (Pajhwok): The 97th Independence Day celebrations kicked off in capital Kabulinfo-icon on Thursday, with President Ashrafh Ghani placing  a floral wreath at the Minar-i-Istiqlal (Independence Minaret).

The national anthem was played on the occasion, however, there was no military parade and the president did not speak to media persons as well.

However, addressing a ceremony marking the Independence Day at the Presidential Palace, Ghani called on all Afghans to work for peace, stability and prosperity.

He also paid tribute to the Afghan forces for their sacrifices and urged the national to stand with their security forces against the enemies.

High-ranking government officials, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Cabinet members, parliamentarians, military officers and foreign diplomats were present on the occasion.

Defense Minister Gen. Abdullah Khan Habibi, National Directorate of Security chief Masoom Stanikzai, special envoy to the president for reform and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud and and former president Sibghatullah Mujadidi were also among those attended the event.

The walls surrounding the Minar-i-Isteqlal were covered with pictures of Ghazi Amanullah Khan, King Zahir Shah, Ahmad Shah Abdali, Mirwais Nekah and other heroes who brought independence to Afghanistan.

Important national events are now celebrated with simplicity after the Mujahidin Victory Day in 2008 was attacked by insurgents in Kabul.

On the eve of the Independence Day, the Information and Culture Ministry announced a number of programmes including music concerts and exhibitions to mark the day.

Afghanistan, which has never been part of the British Empire, celebrates the day to commemorate the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted it independence.

The Britons fought three wars in Afghanistaninfo-icon. The First Anglo-Afghan War, 1839-1839, led to the massacre of the entire British invading force in Jalalabad.


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