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Afghanistan celebrates 98th Independence Day


KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday placed a bouquet at the Freedom Monument in Kabul to mark 98th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence. A smartly turned-out Ministry of Defence guard played the national anthem as part of the short ceremony. Later on, Ghani returned to the Presidential Palace. August 19 commemorates the signing of the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted Afghanistan full ...

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Putin greets Ghani on 98th Independence Day of Afghanistan

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KABUL: Russian president Vladimir Putin has sent his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani greetings on the occasion of the country’s 98th Independence Day, a statement from the Russian Embassy in Kabul said on Friday. Besides congratulating the Afghans on the occasion of their Independence Day celebrations, Putin hoped the war-weary nation would achieve peace and stability. The Russian president was quoted ...

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Ambassador Llorens greets Afghans on the occasion of Afghan Independence Day


KABUL: The United States Special Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens greeted the Afghan nation on the occasion of the Afghan Independence Day as he reaffirmed continued support of Washington towards Afghanistan. “It’s an honor for me to congratulate all Afghans as you celebrate your country’s 98th year of independence. Like our own Independence Day, August 19 is an opportunity for ...

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Afghanistan and Pashtun belt in Pakistan celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday


KABUL: The supreme court of Afghanistan confirmed Sunday, the 25th of June, as the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr in the country. The Qasim Ali Khan Mosque in Peshawar also announced Ed-ul-Fitr on Sunday. Shawwal moon sighted in Kabul, Peshawar and many parts across the Durand Line. The Saudi Arabia authorities earlier announced that Sunday will be the first day of ...

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Children at orphanage miss their parents on Eid festival


KABUL: Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival for many after one month of fasting, worship and prayers but orphan and homeless children are far to enjoy the celebration of these important religious days. Reyazuddin, 12, hailing from Badakhshan province, is among the children who lost his father and stays at the Alauddin Orphanage of capital Kabul from the past three years. When ...

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Pakistan: People who smoke, eat openly during Ramazan face 3-month imprisonment

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs on Wednesday unanimously approved the Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017 under which fine for the hotel owners – violating the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981 – has been increased from Rs500 to Rs25,000. People who will smoke or eat openly during Ramazan will be fined Rs500 along with 3-month imprisonment. TV channels or cinema houses that ...

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Pashtun-Canadian senator Salma Attaullah Jan robbed in Islamabad


ISLAMABAD: Pashtun-Canadian Senator Salma Attaullah Jan was robbed of cash, a black pearl necklace and her ID cards in Islamabad’s F6 area on Tuesday night. The senator was reportedly approached by two men on a motorcycle as she was getting into her car near F6 Markaz. The men grabbed her handbag and fled, prompting Jan to register a First Investigation ...

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China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region


BEIJING — The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children. Officials described the ban, introduced this month, as part of an effort to “curb religious fervor” in the western region of Xinjiang, home to more than 10 million Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ...

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Pashtun moves


So what is Attan? In one word it is a dance. It is the dance of the Pashtuns, a people who according to some are the largest tribal society in the world. Since the dance in some cases also serves as a form of tribal identity (although there are exceptions), the large number of tribes and sub-tribes is reflected in ...

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Turkey hands over Sufi book to Afghanistan written nearly 300 years ago


The Turkish authorities have handed over a book written in Pashto language nearly 300 years ago and was kept in a library in Turkey, it has been reported. The book, Al-Tohfat Al-Qadrya on Sufism, was reportedly written between 1722 and 1723 by Ibn Munner. The book on Islamic mysticism was discovered two years ago by Sinan Ayhan, who was looking ...

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