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August 19 commemorates Afghanistan Independence Day

August 19 corresponds to the 104th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence. On this day, the Afghan people gained their independence from Great Britain, and since that date, our country has been counted among the world’s independent nations. After achieving independence, the Afghan people initiated a series of reforms, including establishing educational institutions, forming the basic structure of the government, establishing ministries, departments, political and diplomatic relations with other nations, creating a constitutional framework, modernizing educational institutions, and founding Kabul University. Additionally, establishing educational institutions and forming the military academy can be considered significant achievements following independence. Every year, with pride and high spirits, the Afghan people celebrate Independence Day, recognizing how vital independence and freedom were for them. After gaining independence, the Afghan nation spent nearly 60 years in a peaceful and secure environment, free from war and bloodshed. During this time, Afghanistan experienced several political regime changes, and eventually, in 1979, the country was invaded by the Soviet Union, bringing suffering and adversity to the Afghan people. As the Afghan people had risen against the colonial ambitions of Great Britain and got their independence, this time, they rose empty-handed against the Soviet invaders. The oppressed Afghan nation fought relentlessly for 14 years against the invaders and aggressors, enduring countless sacrifices and martyrdoms. Their homes were destroyed, and their children became martyrs or were wounded and disabled. Despite the enemy’s use of advanced weaponry against the mujahideen, they couldn’t break the resolve and determination of the God-fearing Afghan nation. The Afghan people forced the occupying forces to flee and compelled the puppet regime to surrender. After the defeat of the occupying Russian forces and the surrender of the puppet government in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan shifted to the battleground for the jihadist groups. Separate governing bodies emerged in every city corner, and killing, looting, and destruction engulfed Kabul. Over 60,000 people were killed, tens of thousands were wounded, and hundreds of thousands were displaced. A significant portion of the city of Kabul was utterly devastated. The Afghan people were uncertain about what to do and where their fate would lead them. In such a critical moment, Mullah Mohammed Omar, who had recently completed his duty in Jihad and begun teaching in one of the religious schools, keenly understood the situation. He took action and founded the Taliban movement, inspiring them to take action. Initially, Mullah Mohammed Omar entered the city of Kandahar alongside the students of Islamic seminaries. He invited the people to peace, and the mujahideen and government officials pledged allegiance to him. Subsequently, Kandahar transformed into a center of justice, and every day, positive news reached the ears of the people. Gradually, the influence of the Taliban movement increased in the region. At the end of the year 1996, prominent scholars of the country from all provinces gathered in Kandahar. After renewing their allegiance to Mullah Mohammed Omar, he was bestowed the title of “Amir al-Mu’minin” (Supreme Leader of the Muslims). From that moment onward, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan officially commenced under the leadership of Mullah Mohammed Omar. Every day, more territories fell under the control of the Islamic Emirate until 1996. Kabul was captured by the forces of the Islamic Emirate, establishing an Islamic system. The corrupt and evil forces fled toward the northern part of the country. However, regrettably, the forces of disbelief did not remain calm; they began seeking excuses. In 2001, they attacked Afghanistan again, placing the country under the occupation of the United States and its allies. Yet, the martyrdom-loving Afghan nation did not sit idly by; they rose in a general uprising. After 20 years of Jihad and sacrifice, they successfully expelled the occupying forces from the country and re-established the Islamic system. We are celebrating our country’s 104th independence anniversary at a time when just four days ago, the Afghan people splendidly commemorated the second year of the victory of the Islamic Emirate and the Mujahideen against foreign occupation forces. Now, Afghanistan stands as a free nation among the international community, having defeated all forms of occupying forces. Therefore, its people must pick up pens and books and pursue knowledge and education as every nation progresses through light education and knowledge. A country can genuinely prosper when its people are eager for learning and knowledge. Mohammad Daud

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.