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Independence Day celebrations reach fever pitch

Independence Day celebrations reach fever pitch

Aug 17, 2016 - 11:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): Independence Day celebrations are at fever pitch as roads, shopping centres and important sites across the country have been decorated with lights and national flag.

The Independence Day is celebrated in Afghanistan on August 18 to commemorate the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919. The treaty granted a completely neutral relation between Afghanistan and Britain. Although Afghanistan has never been part of the British Empire, the two sides fought three wars.

A Pajhwok reporter, who paid a visit to the Omaid High School in Kabul, saw students celebrating the day. Students took part in a special poetry session and read articles paying tribute to the independence heroes.

Latifa Hashimi, director of the school, wished to see another Amanullah Khan steering the country out of its current woes. She believed the country was still under the influence of great powers and neighboring countries and there was a lot of work to gain economic and political freedom.

She asked the government to work for peace and stability by ending the bloodshed that claimed precious lives. Happy to see children coming learning, she hailed them as future heroes of the country.

Ajmal Sohail, the Omaid High School spokesman, said they strive to groom students in the best possible manner. He added his school provided all facilities for students and their parents were happy with the arrangements.

Some girl students shared their views about Independence Day. Kausar, a student of 10th class, wanted to become an engineer and serve the country. Another student, Bahija, asked all girls to attend school and work for a bright future for Afghanistan.