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President Karzai: Mahmood Tarzi Served As Role Model For Region’s Struggle For Freedom And Independence

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai addressed a ceremony that marked the 150th Birth Anniversary of Allama Mahmoud Tarzi on Tuesday where he spoke on the goals Tarzi and King Amanullah Khan pursued.
Welcoming the participants to the International Seminar, President Karzai laid out a vision of a modern and independent Afghanistan that could survive security disturbance.
The President said, “There are many similarities between Afghanistan today and of King Amanullah Khan’s,” He added, “They wanted development on one hand, struggling for independence from the British colonial rule on the other , while we are still trying to protect the value of freedom.”
President Karzai stressed that Afghan youth were determined to build their own future, describing their determination a force to run the engine for more development which would not turn back.
Pointing to the recent attacks by terrorists, the President accused the Taliban of killing Muslims and civilians and added the Taliban demonstrated their enmity with the principles of Islam.
As for the security forces, President Karzai commended their sacrifice, “Police and soldiers from our Ministries of Defense and Interior and the National Directorate of Security sacrificed themselves to bravely protect their country.”
The President deplored, the thirty five young men who were sent to get killed in the name of suicide bombers in Afghanistan, among them could have been some Afghans or foreigners, all were probably Muslim and young, instead of educating themselves to become teachers, doctors or agriculturalists, they became suicide bombers, doing no good neither for themselves nor for their families, country or religion but only killing other Muslims.
The President said, while foreign forces were leaving Afghanistan in 2014, Afghanistan would still maintain strong relations with the world.
Mahmud Tarzi son of Ghulam Muhammad Tarzi was born in Ghazni province of Afghanistan on August 23, 1965. After the Second Anglo-Afghan war, he was forced to accompany his father into exile and pursued education in India and in Ottoman Empire. After the death of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan,
Mahmud Tarzi who was living in Damascus (1886-1900), chose to travel back to his hometown in Afghanistan in the early years of twentieth century (1902) to serve his nation as a writer, poet and translator. As journalist, he founded and published Seraj Ul-Akhbar newspaper from 1911 to 1918. His poetic, patriotic and visionary writings exemplify Afghans’ love for freedom and independence. During the reign of King Amanullah, Tarzi served as foreign minister (1919-22). After tribal revolts, Tarzi and his family were forced to take refuge in Turkey in 1929. He died in 1933 and was buried in Istanbul.

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