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Govt to reconstruct Darul Aman Palace

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The work for the war-ruined Darul Aman Palace reconstruction officially began.

“The Darul Aman ruined palace is a historical Afghan palace, which will be rebuilt by the government budget,” President Ashraf Ghani said at a ceremony held Monday for the palace reconstruction.

Ghani said that the reconstruction of palace was a dream of people. “The government will make its utmost efforts to fulfill the expectation.”

The president vowed to address all urban challenges across the country.

He urged the people and private sector to help the government in reconstruction and maintenance of historical monuments.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said that the government would attempt to protect historical monuments and places.

Speaker of Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) of Parliament Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi called the palace as a picture of war reminding people of past tragedies.

“The reconstruction of the palace was people’s hopes and today is a good fortune that the government held steps to start reconstruction of Darul Aman palace.”

It is pertained to mention that a campaign initiated in 2012 to raise donations from the public, including schoolchildren and government employees, to start initial construction work of the Darul Aman palce, which is still a source of national pride.

Darul Aman Palace was built in the early 1920s as a part of the endeavors of King Amanullah to modernize Afghanistan. It was to be part of the new capital city. The Darul Aman Palace was destroyed during civil war and remained in ruined condition for over 20 years. This palace is located in 16km southwest of capital.

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