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Nowruz dawns with 21-Guns salute in Mazar-i-Sharif

Wed Mar 21, 11:24 am

A Janda Bala (flag-raising) ceremony and the Gul-i-Surkh (tulip) Fair was held in Mazar-i-Sharif, accompanied by a 21-gun salute, to celebrate Nowruz on Tuesday March 20.

First Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and a large number of other senior government officials attended the New Afghan year festival that was organized amid tight security arrangements in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province.

Addressing the participants, First Vice President Qasim Fahim praised the government political and economic developments, saying Afghanistan had included the caravan whose destination was only stability and prosperity.  Stressing successful transition process, Fahim said a strategic alliance with the US was an effective step toward country’s development. “This treaty would leave no impact on neighboring countries of Afghanistan” he ensured.

Vice President Marshal Fahim during his speech also urged the enemies to lay down their weapons and join the government peace process.

The Governor of Balkh province, Atta Muhammad Noor opened the ceremonies by saying that 1390 was a very successful year for the residents of Balkh.  He also expressed much appreciation to the Bayat Foundation for their assistance in paying for the part of the construction costs of the grand mosque inside the courtyard of Shrine of Hazrat Ali.

The City of Mazar-i-Sharif hosts every year thousands of visitors from all over Afghanistan that flock to the city of Hazrat Ali (A.S) for attending the Janda Bala (flag-raising) ceremony and the Gul-i-Surkh (tulip) Fair.

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