KABUL: Ninety seventh Independence Day celebrations kicked off in capital Kabul with president Mohammad Ashrafh Ghani placing a floral wreath at the Menar-i-Istiqlal (Independence Minaret).
The national anthem was also played on the occasion, however, there was no military parade and the president did not bother to speak to the media person as well.
High ranking government officials, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, cabinet members, parliamentarians, military officers and foreign diplomats were present on the occasion.
The surrounding walls of the Menar-i-Isteqlal were covered with the pictures of Ghazi Amanullah Khan, King Zahir Shah, Ahmad Shah Abdali, Mirwais Nekah and other heroes who brought independence to Afghanistan.
Important national events were now celebrated with simplicity after the Mujahidin Victory Day in 2008 was attacked by the insurgents in Kabul.
Afghanistan, which has never been part of the British Empire, celebrates the day to commemorate the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted it independence.
The Britons fought three wars in Afghanistan. The First Anglo-Afghan War, 1839-1839, led to the massacre of the entire British invading force in Jalalabad. -Pajhwok
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