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Afghan Independence Day marked in Islamabad

Afghan Independence Day marked in Islamabad

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Aug 20, 2013 - 10:47

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon's Independence Day was celebrated at a hotel in Islamabad, with senior Pakistani officials attending the function, a spokesman for the Afghan embassy said on Tuesday.

Former King Ghazi Amanullah achieved independence from Great Britain 94 years ago, though Afghanistan has never been a British colony.

Zardasht Shams, a spokesman for the Afghan embassy, told Pajhwok Afghan News Ambassador Omar Daudzai, Pakistaninfo-icon's States and Frontier Regions Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch, parliamentarians and diplomats attended the event.

National anthems of the two countries were played and a cake cut to mark the day, Shams said, adding a number of Pakhtun nationalist leaders and Pakistani politicians participated in the function.

Prominent among the participants were Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Abdur Rahim Mandokhel, Afzal Khan Lala, ex-interior minister Aftab Sherpao, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Mushahid Hussain and Shahzada Adnan Aurangzeb.

Apart from Afghan students, Qutbuddin Hilal, a member of the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistan also took part in the function, arranged by the Afghan embassy.

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