The 96th Afghanistan’s Independence Day was celebrated with national zeal throughout the country in which thousands of countrymen participated amid colorful events.
Salim Khan Kunduzi, the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, laid a floral wreath on the tomb of founder of Afghanistan Ghazi Amanullah Khan and later participated in huge gathering at football ground.
A number of local elders, government officials, provincial council members and scores of civilians attended the ceremony.
The governor asked anti-state elements to stop further bloodshed of Afghans on the direction of others. “Afghanistan was an independent state, is an independent state and will be an independent state,” he told a gathering of thousands of people amid big applause.
Mohammad Ali Shujai, deputy of 201 Military Corps, assured that Afghan troops were capable enough to protect the motherland from the enemy. He said: “We will never allow anyone to threaten your security since Afghan troops are strong enough.”
Provincial council member Farid Khan Momand said that people would always be ready to support the country’s valiant security forces and would never hesitate to offer sacrifices for Afghanistan. The government should control corruption in the country, he stressed.
At the end, the participants visited the exhibition of local products put on display in the ground.
Kanduzi told Pajhwok Afghan News the exhibition would be continued for three days. The main purpose of the exhibition was to introduce local products and find market for them, he added.
Separately, the governor of southern Helmand Mirza Khan Rahimi addressed a gathering on eve of Independent Day on Wednesday.
Peace and stability would be impossible without the support of people, he said, asking rebels to refrain from war and join government to build the nation and country.
The government was ready to welcome anti-state rebels to quell terrorism in the country, he said, adding that government would provide every possible facility to those rebels who wanted to shun violence.
Security forces alone would not be able to establish peace and stability in the country without active support of Afghans, the governor said, rejecting the continued war of militants who were following backers’ orders.
Gen. Abdul Rashid, deputy commander of the 215 Military Corps, said security forces were capable enough to protect freedom and stand against the challenges that threatening freedom of the country.
The sense of freedom and stability and peace had been increased among Afghans than before which had led the country to economic development, he remarked.
The security forces had foiled all attacks by militants in the province in recent past, Abdul Rashid pointed out.
Nisar Ahmad, a resident of the locality, said celebrations of Independence Day had brought positive changes in the state since Afghanistan flags had been reached to shops and houses in the country.
Celebrations are ongoing in every province to commemorate Independence Day.
In southeastern, around 6,000 people, including government officials, provincial council members, religious leaders, elders, young and Afghan security personnel gathered in the national stadium.
Governor Hakim Habib while speaking on the occasion said that Independence Day was of great importance for Afghans because they were bestowed with their independent homeland.
In central Maidan Wardak, the Independence Day had been celebrated in the province after 13 years. People from all walks of life including Jihadi commanders, male, female and government officials participated in the gathering.
Maidan Wardak Governor Hayatullah Hayat said on the occasion that the nation achieved independence after “our great leader Ghazi Amanullah Khan offered great sacrifices to achieve an independent state.”
In Kunar, the governor Wahidullah Kalimzai after underlining the importance of the Independence Day, urged the people to actively support the country valiant security forces to build strong security and peace in the country.
In Helmand, tens of young people and civil society activists donated blood in the hospital to mark the Independence Day. (PAN)