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Book “Architects of the State” launched

Book “Architects of the State” launched

Aug 09, 2015 - 21:11

KABUL (Pajhwok): A ceremony to launch a book “Architects of the State” about life events and stories of 25 prominent persons in Afghanistan.

Shah Mehmood Miakhel, country director at the United States Institute of Peace, and Abdul Qayum Mashwani, an analyst, have jointly written the book about 25 persons who had played a vital role in materialistic and moral and spiritual reconstruction of Afghanistan in the recent past. The book has been published in Pashto and Dari languages.   

Several prominent writers, government officials, cultural and political figures attended the book’s launching ceremony.

The book would help enhance knowledge and information of Afghans about prominent figures in their country’s recent history, Miakhel said.

“Young Afghans might be thinking that the foundation of Afghanistan had been formed on fighting and wars, hence the reformation of the state will not be possible.”

Former interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali said the book covered the lives of only 25 persons but there existed many unsung heroes who had played key role in Afghanistan’s reconstruction.

“We should accept that more reconstruction had been done in Afghanistan during peace time and that infrastructures were demolished in the ongoing war and fighting,” he added.  

Culture and Information Minister Abdul Bari Jehani called the book as a fruitful endeavor but said the writers had missed popular critics and analysts like Abdul Hai Habibi and Abdul Rauf Benawa. He hoped such shortcomings could be rectified in the next addition of the book.  


Abdul Qayum Mashwani, the co-author, explained the compilation and writing of the book. He said their team members had paid visits to several provinces and areas for detailed discussions with local people and personal meetings with the persons concerned and had detailed discussions with them.

The book covers mostly those who remained on government posts, he said, adding that every prominent Afghan had his own entity and they would try to expand their efforts to cover other such entities in future.

The main aim of the book is to introduce such figures to common people and youth for their contributions toward the betterment and development of the country during peace time and still respected.


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