Ending Ceremony On Ghazni Festival As Center of Islamic Culture Held

Monday, February 24, 2014
Kabul (BNA) Ending ceremony of Ghazni festival as Center of Islamic Culture commenced yesterday with message of Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
According to BNA reporter, in the ceremony held with participation of a number of cabinet members, parliamentarians, foreign guests, Islamic countries ambassadors to Kabul and nearly 12000 domestic and foreign guests including governor and mayor of Kabul and governors of Logar and Paktika, first message of president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai was read out by senior advisor to president Mohammad Yousuf Pashtoon.
The message while praising domestic and foreign guests for their participation in this huge and historic incident has said: Ghazni was a capital center of Ghaznavids kings in 4th and 5th century and the biggest center of knowledge, literal and culture in Islamic world.
Presence of hundreds of poets, writers, artists, astronomers and philosophers in Ghazni had changed the city to center of knowledge and Islamic education. This huge honor is not only for Afghanistan but also for Muslims of the world. The president in his message thanked ISESCO for naming Ghazna as Center of Islamic Culture and praised all organs and people for their efforts towards reconstruction of Ghazni and holding measures for the festival in particular Ministry of Information and  Culture  and  Ghazni  province.
Following, Governor of Ghazni Musa Khan Akbarzada while welcoming guests said, “This is a big honor for Ghazni and I congratulate this big honor  to all of you.”
“Ghazni city has made three big names as Urosul Belad, Awlia City and now Center of Islamic Culture,” the governor further said.
Governor of Ghazni also praised elders and governors of Balkh, Paktia and Paktika for their assistance, asking all provinces of the country to help Ghazni as honor of the country’s history.
The governor also asked Islamic countries for cooperation with people of Afghanistan towards maintaining peace in the country.
Based on suggestion of Ghazni people, I hope President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan put Ghazni in top level provinces of the country, governor of Ghazni said.

He added each year $10 million should be allocated for Ghazni in coming five years, saying India had also pledged to implement some projects in  Ghazni province.
Meanwhile, Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Sayeed Makhdoom Raheen spoke at the meeting and called the importance of the Ghazni City outstanding in the course of history, particularly the Islamic era.
He said the Ghazni City enjoyed more importance during the Islamic period than the pre-Islamic epoch, while the city alongside its geographical aspect and trade route, can be called one of the most important cities, but its magnificence that overshadowed the regions around the country, head been what the city enjoyed during the era of the great king, Yamin-ul-Daulah, Aminu-ul-Millah, Kahf-ul-Islam, Mahmoud  Gaznavi (Bless Be Upon Him.)
Dr. Raheen added the Ghazni importance in Ghaznavids’ era was originated from the two main reasons as follows:
Being the center of the science, literature and culture, offering many scholars in scientific fields to human and Islamic society, as well as its magnificence and brilliance had been eye-catching in the areas of science and culture.
The era of great King, Sultan Mahmoud Ghaznvi was the era of transition of Islamic sciences and culture to the adjacent regions, particularly, subcontinent India and finally the old Indian vast territory and its culture, history, geography, old faiths and scientific works were introduced to the Islamic world and then to the west.
Ghazni once again looms in the country through the efforts of its people, Ghazni provincial council, Ghazni national traders and other patriotic Ghazni citizens.
Ghazni recalls the old era memories among its friends today I would like to thank all those who have been trying these years for Ghazni and celebration of this day.
Later on Director of ISESCO regional office Dr. Abbas Sadri read out message of that organization in which appreciating the Afghan government particularly MoIC Dr. Sayeed Makhdoom Raheen, Deputy MoIC for cultural affairs and governor of Ghazni for paving all grounds in the direction of calling and preparing of Ghazni as the Cultural Islamic Capital, said that due to actions taken, Ghazni not only can be a pride for the Afghan people but for the whole world.
At the end, Dr. Abbas Sadri distributed ISESCO’s letters of appreciation to four artists and writers of Ghazni province.
In this ceremony, first deputy of Senate Muhammad Alam Ezedyar spoke on behalf of the parliament, appreciated the efforts of parliament, government and MoIC, ANSF and ISESCO said, celebration of Ghazni could be reminding of magnificence, glory of great culture and civilization of Ghaznavids Empire for Afghanistan which was once the center of science, culture and civilization in the world specially the orient territory.
At the end the symbolic key of Ghazni was given by Musa Khan Akbarzadah governor of Ghazni to ambassador of Kirghizstan. Beshkik the capital of Kirghizstan is expected to be called as the capital of Islamic Culture.
According to another report, Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen visited yesterday national archive’s calligraphy exhibition.
The exhibition was held in honor to ending ceremony of festival of Ghazni as  Center of  Islamic Culture.
During visiting the exhibition, Minister of Information and Culture was accompanied by Minister of Women Affairs Dr. Husn Bano Ghazanfar, a number of Islamic countries’ ambassador to Kabul and foreign guests participating in the festival. Head of national archive Masouma Nazari said 137 pieces of calligraphy including pieces of Holy Quran and poetry books were put for the exhibition, saying the exhibition would be open for a week to all visitors.

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