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Ambassador Zakhilwal hosts grand reception to mark Independence Day of Afghanistan

DNA 15-04

BY ANSAR MAHMOOD BHATTI

ISLAMABAD, SEPT 15 (DNA) – The Ambassador of Afghanistan Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal hosted a unique and grand reception to celebrate 99th independence day of Afghanistan.

 

Afghanistan’s first world famous female Orchestra ZOHRA artists traveled all the way from Kabul to be part of Afghan Independence Day festivities.

 

The spell-binding performance of the band received huge applause from the audience. Once a hotbed of cultural creativity Afghanistan in its long conflict saw its musical heritage almost disappear.

ISLAMABAD, SEPT 15: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri, Ambassador of AfghanistanDr. HazratOmar Zakhilwal and othes cutting cake on the occasion of 99th Anniversary of the Independence Day of Afghanistan. DNA PHOTO

ISLAMABAD, SEPT 15: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri, Ambassador of
AfghanistanDr. HazratOmar Zakhilwal and othes cutting cake on the occasion of 99th Anniversary of the
Independence Day of Afghanistan. DNA PHOTO

However, post-2001, Afghan music has seen its revival. Amongst the many amazing stories, the story of the brave girls from Afghansitan National Institute of Music stands out as it defines courage and resilience through their melodies, said the Afghan Ambassador Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhliwal in his brief remarks.

 

He said it is the story of ZHORA, Afghanistan’s first female Orchestra, which has performed in multiple European countries and the United States as well as before world leaders at the closing of World Economic Forum in 2017 in Davos.

 

The Afghan ambassador thanked the audience for attended the event and assured the Embassy would continue to holding such event even in the prospect.

 

The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri also spoke on the occasion and congratulated the Afghan embassy for holding such a marvelous event.

 

The minister said relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are based of shared valued, religion and culture adding these relations would further be cemented.

 

A large number of guests including members of the civil society, the diplomatic corps, and artists graced the occasion with their presence. =DNA

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