KABUL - The nation will celebrate its 92nd Independency Day with traditional spirit and fervor on Friday, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. Without identifying function venues, the ministry said the sacrifices of the martyrs, who won independence from Britain in 1919, would be remembered at a special program. 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.
"Celebrating Independence Day is the duty of every Afghan, but the government is unable to mark the day as it should due to insecurity and political problems," said Khwaja Musa Faryor, a political science teacher at Kabul University.
Previously, a Kabul resident recalled, exhibitions and concerts would take place on the day, with a large number of people participating in a variety of programs. "But the situation has changed now," said Abdul Wahid.