19 August 2019

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Sunday August 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, inaugurated the exhibition ‘Amanullah Khan Relics and Efforts for Independence and Development of the country’ here at the National Museum of Afghanistan yesterday, Bakhter News Agency reported. The ceremony was attended by a number of government officials, foreign diplomats, culturists and representatives of the civil and cultural organizations in Kabul. At the outset, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s message was readout by BNA General Director Najibullah Shinwari, congratulating the Ministry for holding of the exhibition. “On the occasion of 100th Independence Anniversary of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Information and Culture has been organizing an exhibition titled ‘Amanullah Khan’s relics and efforts for independence and development of the country’ which is indeed a good step for reviving the memories of that great and golden era,” the president said in his message. Later, acting minister of information and culture spoke related to the event, saying the exhibition was being held to commemorate the country’s 100th independence anniversary.
The acting minister said the exhibition was included relics related to Amanullah Khan and Amani era and was aimed to acquaint the new generation with that era’s developments and activities. Briefing the participants on National Museum’s programs and strategies, the acting minister said there were plans on hand to establish provincial museums and further introduce the country’s history and culture to the new generations. Minister Safi went on saying that it was every people’s responsibility to protect the country’s historical relics and national assets. Director of the National Museum briefed the audience related to the exhibition, saying Museums could act as bridge between different cultures and can promote peace on national and international stages. The event was concluded with displaying a short documentary film on activities of King Amanullah Khan.

Sunday August 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a message congratulated Ministry of Information and Culture for inauguration of the exhibition of King Amanullah Khan’s historic relics at the National Museum of Afghanistan.
“On the occasion of 100th Independence Anniversary of Afghanistan, the Minister of Information and Culture has organized an exhibition titled ‘Amanullah Khan’s relics and efforts for independence and development of country’ which is indeed a good step for reviving the memories of that great and golden era,” the president said in his message.
According to President, the Amani era not only brought the independence, but also efforts made for development of the country through civil reformations and industrial growth in the country. “King Amanullah Khan’s dream was a free, independent, stable and glorious Afghanistan. Today’s Afghan people are also committed to complete that incompleted chapter of Amani era and to have a stable and developed country,” the president said in his message. The president congratulated the Ministry of Information and Culture for organizing of the exhibition at the National Museum and wished everyone a very happy 100th independence anniversary.

Sunday August 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) One hundred years have been passed since gaining the country’s Independence and freedom.
Independence and freedom are two holy words in dictionary of the people of this land that is mixed with blood and flash of this freedom-loving nation. I congratulate this auspicious day to all nation of our country and especially to history-making women and mothers of Afghanistan. The historical evidence shows the fighting of men and women of this country against alien invaders made colorful the pages of ancient history of Afghanistan.
If Zarghonas, Malalais, Akbar Khans, Masjedies and others fought and deposited the outcomes of their epics to today’s generation (Independence), the yesterday’s and today’s generations also never play with the outcomes of blood of their forefathers and safeguarded the independence, freedom and democracy with their sacrifices against overtly and covertly plots of evils. The role of honest women and men of this homeland in defending from national and Islamic worthies of this country is prominent and evident. One hundred years before, when the people of Afghanistan gained the complete independence of the country under the leadership of King Ghazi Amanullah Khan, Afghanistan began its move in the way of cultural, political, economic and social progress, the idea of new and progressive Afghanistan was practicing step by step.
But alas the alien hand didn’t permit Afghanistan to pass completely the progressive and development itinerary that selected for itself. Anyway, one hundred years have been passed since that time and today, the nation of Afghanistan is experiencing the great test of ending of war. No doubt, if other hands were not involved in this war, finally, the people of Afghanistan could find the common language of themselves and could end this riot. The hypocrisy and plot unfortunately involved Afghans with each other. Availing the opportunity, I want to address armed government opponents to end to mourning ceremonies and respect motherland. This would be your great gift to the 100th independence anniversary of the country. At the end, once again, I congratulate the 100th independence anniversary of the country.

Sunday, August 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The reconstructed Dar-ul-Aman Palace with white and yellow color, located on a hilltop in the western edge of Kabul, will reopen its gate to the public on Independence Day. The Afghan government has been keen to wipe out the legacy of the destructive wars by renovating key castles, parks and roads.
Once the symbol of power and modernism, the castle, built by King Amanullah Khan just a year after Afghanistan’s independence, had been badly damaged during the civil war in the 1990s. It has been rebuilt over the past three years and the government planned to reopen it on the country’s Independence Day which falls on Aug. 19.
“The work for the reconstruction of Dar-ul-Aman Palace commenced in 2016 and so far 95 percent of its work has been completed and the remaining task will be finished within days,” said Jawed Hemmad, who is in-charge of the castle’s reconstruction, adding that all the engineers and workers hired in the project were Afghans.
According to the official, the government allocated 20 million U.S. dollars for the rebuilding of Dar-ul-Aman Palace, and his team spent 10 million U.S. dollars to rebuild the castle in its original shape.
About 60 percent of the 150-room Darul Aman Palace, which had served as government guesthouse, cabinet meeting place and defense ministry in different periods, was destroyed during the factional fighting.
“We are proud of our achievement that we Afghans were able to rebuild our historic monument with less fund and good quality,” said Hemmad. “The first floor and second floor of the 150-room castle will be used as national cultural museum after inauguration and the third floor would serve as guesthouse for the ranking guests of Presidential Palace.”

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