Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty March 27, 2021 The city of Paris has inaugurated a pathway in the Champs-Elysees gardens named after the late Afghan resistance fighter and anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Masud. The inauguration ceremony on March 27 was attended by his son, Ahmad Masud, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and Abdullah Abdullah, the head
Tolo News: The International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) has announced a joint project with the Afghan government and the Agha Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) for research and the construction of a “vast archeological park”at the site of Bala Hissar Citadel in Kabul, said an ALIPH press release. Click here
Ariana: Construction work to restore a teaching complex said to once be the home of 13th-century Sufi mystic and poet Rumi is due to commence this week in the northern Afghan city of Balkh, the country’s Ministry of Information and Culture has told The National. The government has long planned to rebuild the teaching complex
Tolo News: Fazil was the Taliban’s designated chief of army staff during their regime in Kabul and the two know each other from the mid-1990s. According to reports, the verbal clash broke out when Dostum put his hand on Mullah Fazil’s shoulder to inquire about his health, but Fazil removed Dostum’s hand from his shoulder
Tolo News: Afghanistan has had eight constitutions in the last 100 years that have been prone to violations by the different governments throughout the century. Lawyers said the constitution ensures law and order but even the 2004 Constitution that was seen as one of the best constitutions in the last 100 years, was faced with
In March 2001, Taliban extremists used dynamite and artillery to demolish two towering Buddha statues that had stood in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Province for nearly 1,500 years. Today, the country is still not at peace, and hopes of rebuilding the statues are stymied by prohibitive costs.
RFE/RL Gandhara March 10, 2021 Twenty years after the Taliban blew up two famous Buddha statues, Afghans commemorated the tragic loss of their historical and cultural heritage on March 9 at a ceremony in the central Bamiyan valley. In a nighttime display, one of the Buddha statues came back to life as a three-dimensional projection
Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said that the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was not the cause of the civil war; instead, he said, there wasn’t a plan for the country in the Soviet exit plan. Afghan leaders, said Ghani, believe this lack of planning led the country into a civil war.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 5, 2021 Frud Bezhan Daud Khattak Families, traders, and guerrilla fighters have for generations moved freely across the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The disputed 2,670-kilometer frontier traverses some of the world’s most forbidding terrain, snaking through desolate deserts and towering mountains more than 4,000 meters high. Drawn by
1TV: French authorities have decided to plaque in Paris in honour of Afghanistan’s national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud. The Paris Council voted unanimously to place a plaque in Paris 8 in tribute to Commander Massoud, Deputy Mayor of Paris, Arnaud Ngatcha, said on Twitter. Click here to read more (external link).