القى السفير محمد محق سفير افغانستان بالقاهرة كلمة فى الاحتفال الذى اقامة باحد الفنادق الفاخرة على النيل بمناسبة العيد الوطنى ال99 لبلادة وهذا هو نص الكلمة باللغة الانجليزية
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good evenin
On behalf of Mohammad Ashraf-Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, myself and my colleagues at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Cairo, please allow me to offer a warm welcome to you all on the auspicious occasion of Afghanistan’s 99thIndependence, and thank you for joining us in this ceremony.
Ninety-nine years ago, a wide part of the world existed in a different condition than it does today, and an abundance of countries did not have the privilege of controlling their own fate. Afghanistan was one of the pioneers in becoming independent with the help of King Amanullah’s progressive leadership, which resulted in the nation’s discovery of freedom and a road to widespread reforms. Modern education, restoring women’s rights, freedom of express & press, rebuilding the country on a modern basis, and establishing a friendly relation with several countries, including Egypt, were all parts of these changes. The young Afghan king had to sacrifice many outdated traditions for change which cost him his crown and throne.
However, thousands of Afghanistan’s progressive-thinking children, followed in his footsteps. In a matter of decades after him, Afghanistan established hundreds of new schools. The University of Kabul accepted students both from its own provinces, as well as countries all around the world, including Egypt. The cinematic scene of Afghanistan had started to operate, and art and music echoed throughout the nation. Thousands of Afghan girls pursued their secondary and postsecondary education without any restrictions and fear.
By preserving its neutral stance in political relations, Afghanistan was part of a Nan Alignment countries and organizations with neutral stances and goals in eliminating the suffering of innocent people. The Afghan king of the time, Mohammad Zaher Shah, along with Gamal Abdel Nasser and Jawaharlal Nehru were supporter of these rights.
However, in the years leading to end of Cold War, a storm of regional problems arose, and Afghans were forced to take part in an unwanted yet long and deadly war. In order to save their country, they had to face, The Red Army, one of the strongest armies of the time, and suffered more than one million deaths, millions were injured and millions more were victims of displacement. The country was ruined and the people were devastated.
The rise of one of the most extreme and old fashioned group in the name of Taliban, and the group getting into power was an event that Afghanistan was a victim of during the height of these tragedies. During the Taliban regime, women were deprived of education and work, the men were whipped on a daily-basis, and the youth of the country fled in groups. Modern education fell, police and protection ceased to exist, and all diplomatic relations with the world was cut off. The world was witnessing a catastrophe of dramatic size.
The events of nine eleven and the fall of the Taliban were the turning points in allowing the Afghan people to escape isolation from world community. Thousands of refugees and immigrants returned to Afghanistan in the hope of playing a part in rebuilding their country. Women could once again take part in the workforce, girls attended schools with excitement, the doors of universities opened to tens of thousands of students, and the sound of afghan artists could be heard loud and clear. The development of the country began, and Afghanistan started its journey towards a golden future.
However, the old fashioned way of thinking which King Amanullah had to fight against, at the beginning of the twentieth century but finally lose, once again started to show its face, this time with the opportunities for international terrorism. This along with the extremist interpretations of religion were an obstacle, stopping this new wave of progress. Explosions, suicide bombings, destroying of bridges and highways, burning schools, threatening artists, throwing acid in the face of school girls and assassination of moderate scholars, were all horrors that the nation faced by the terrorists.
In another word, this time, Al-Qaeda, ISIL, and other extremist groups were added to the terror of the Taliban. However, even through this chaos, our people refused to surrender. Although we are at the front line against local and international terrorism, and although every day, our streets are coloured by the blood of innocent men, women & children, and each week we lose our brave soldiers and officers on the battlefields, we still fight for a better life. Each day, more and more students enroll in schools and universities, and freedom of expression and media become more institutionalized. We have around 500of television channels, radio stations and scholarly journals which are active. Women are utilizing technology even in the most remote and deadly corners of the country. And thousands of our youth are graduating from a multitude of high ranking educational and professional institutions from around the world, including Oxford, Harvard & and Alazhar in Egypt.
We are determined and hope that with the help of our ally countries, such as the Arabic republic of Egypt, and all those who wish for a better life for humankind, challenge and overcome terrorism and extremism, and enable our people to build a brighter future for their children, so that one day, we can present the world with others like Rumi, Avicenna and Al-Biruni, as we did before. That is when we will take part in the progress of knowledge and art throughout the world.
I hope you have a lovely evening and enjoying the ceremony.Thank yo