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Karzai upgrades Paktika provincial status

Karzai upgrades Paktika provincial status

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Aug 19, 2014 - 21:02

SHARAN (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has upgraded southeastern Paktika to a 2nd grade province, an Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) official announced on Tuesday.

Reading out a message from Karzai at an Independence Day function here, Abdul Ghayas Wardak said the strength of government departments in the province would be increased.  

As a result, he added, Paktika’s annual budget would be increased and the governor post upgraded. Governor Mohibullah Samim, provincial officials and former jihadiinfo-icon leaders were also in attendance.

In his speech, Samim greeted the nation on its 95th Independence Day. “Led by Ghazi Amanullah Khan, the Afghans taught the mighty British Empire a lesson they have not yet forgotten,” he remarked. 

Former deputy governor and jihadi commander Mohammad Zadran said the Afghans being a pro-freedom people would never accept foreign influence. He urged youth to be ready for all sacrifices to defend their motherland.

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