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    Qari should have command of Tajwid: Zuhra

    KABUL (PAN): A good qari (one reciting the Quran) should have the ability to recite in a pleasant voice that attracts the audience, says Zuhra Qarizada, a renowned female qari, who started recitation from the holy book at age three.


    Newly-built mosque opens in Khost

    KHOST CITY (PAN): The governor of southeastern Khost province on Friday inaugurated the newly-built Hazrat Bilal mosque in Tanai district.


    Hundreds donate blood on Ashura in Bamyan

    BAMYAN CITY (PAN): Hundreds of people, including government officials and women, on Thursday donated blood to hospitals as part of an ongoing campaign in central Bamyan province.


    Karbala sacrifice called abiding inspiration

    KABUL (PAN): Speakers on Thursday called for Muslims around the globe to draw inspiration from the supreme sacrifice that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) rendered in Karbala to uphold the truth and resist tyranny.


    Noted poet Hafiz passes away at 82

    KABUL (PAN): Noted poet and writer Nasrullah Hafiz has passed away at a hospital in Kabul after a brief ailment, a relative said on Thursday.


    ‘Badakhshan officials mistreating journalists’

    KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Journalists in northeastern zone on Wednesday complained that officials in Badakhshan province were mistreating reporters and denying them access to information.


    Ghazni ceremony indefinitely postponed

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): A ceremony for Ghazni City’s selection as Asian capital of Islamic Culture and Civilisation has been postponed indefinitely in view of a Loya Jirga due later this month, officials said on Saturday.


    Graves impede Herat road projects

    HERAT CITY (PAN): Many road projects have been left incomplete or delayed because of old graves at the sites in western Herat province, municipality officials said on Saturday.


    International Art Day marked in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Civil society groups on Thursday marked International Art Day in northern Balkh province, one activist said.


    No childhood for most Afghans

    KABUL (PAN): Child labour is rampant in Afghanistan. Many children are forced by circumstances to do hard labour for a trifling wage. They risk long-term health problems, even death. For most children,  a normal childhood and school are distant dreams, according to an Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation*.