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Bamyan preparing to serve as SAARC cultural capital

Bamyan preparing to serve as SAARC cultural capital

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May 03, 2015 - 13:01

BAMYAN (Pajhwok): Security preparations are underway ahead of events marking Bamyan as the cultural capital of SAARCinfo-icon, officials said on Sunday.

Bamyan was selected as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital for the year 2015 during Culture Ministers Conference in New Delhi last year.

Being home to the twin Buddha statues that were destroyed by Talibaninfo-icon in 2001 and Band-i-Amir, Bamyan is among the historical provinces in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

According to officials, a five-day ceremony would be held in the ancient city starting next month. More than 5,000 people expected to participate in the event, including participants from SAARC member countries, the UN and other organisations.

Brig. Gen. Khudayar Qudsi, Bamyan police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the security forces were fully prepared for the events’ security. “We want the ceremony to take place in a good atmosphere and we hope many people would attend it.”

Mohammad Nader Qasemi, Bamyan resident, said the event would highlight the historical significance of the province to the worldinfo-icon and was a major cultural event for Afghanistan.

Officials of the information and culture department said a workshop was held in the city for 16 hotels and restaurant owners on how to provide better services and hospitality.

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