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Security deteriorating due to leaders’ tussle: Amarkhel

Security deteriorating due to leaders’ tussle: Amarkhel

Aug 17, 2016 - 00:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A government opposition party on Tuesday blamed the country’s deteriorating security situation on differences between the unity government leaders.

The party, National Stability Societyinfo-icon (NSS) led by Ziaul Haq Amarkhel, celebrated Afghanistaninfo-icon’s 97th Independence Day that falls on August 19 in Kabul by launching an academic seminar.

Amarkhel said due to the political wrangling and the absence of administration, the conflict was spreading to all the 33 provinces of the country.

The Independence Day is celebrated in Afghanistan to commemorate the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919. The treaty granted a complete neutral relation between Afghanistan and Britain. Although Afghanistan was never part of the British Empire, the British fought three wars with Afghanistan.

The academic seminar organised by Amarkhel’s party is aimed at celebrating the Independency Day and highlighting the day’s significance.

Amarkhel said: “97 years ago we gained independence from the British Empire but since then security could not be ensured in our country and peace in Afghanistan is still a distant dream.”    

He said problems in Afghanistan were increasing with each passing day and the youth were being killed under different names.

He said poverty had reached the peak in Afghanistan while its leaders cut deals on ethnic lines. The leaders were signing contracts for their own interest, distributed posts and authorities between them and had no feelings for the country, he said.

A participant of the Seminar, Dr. Farooq Azam, highlighted the importance of independence and said: “Ghazi Amanullah Khan not only gained independence from British but also established an organised system of governance in Afghanistan for the first time, which was a great job.”   

He said during Amanullah Khan’s regime, first ‘governance rules’ now called Constitution were created. According to Azam, there was complete media freedom during Amanullah Khan’s regime, when Afghanistan had nearly 200 printed publications.

Another analyst and historian, Habibullah Rafi, also called independence a significant thing and talked about authenticity of the date of the independence day.  

 “Afghanistan fought three wars with the British for independence and the last one was spearheaded by Amanulllah Khan and he finally in the year 1919 on February 28 announced independent Afghanistan.”  

He said after the British Empire was defeated in Afghanistan, they later on August 11, 1919 signed an agreement accepting Afghanistan’s independence and Amanullah Khan one week later after assessing the document declared Afghanistan’s independence on August, 19, 1919 and wrote the document on a rock in Taq-e-Zafar area of Paghman district of Kabul.      

He said a part of the document was destroyed during the civil wars and asked the government to rewrite the agreement on the rock and install it back there.



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