A young Afghan hits the slopes of Bamyan with some improvised equipment. (Twitter Photo)
Wednesday is the 101st anniversary of the independence of Afghanistan. On Aug. 19, 1919, King Amanullah Khan proclaimed independence at the end of the Third Anglo-Afghan war. Coincidentally, this week also marks the 90th anniversary of the Afghan-Saudi diplomatic relations agreement, which was signed in Jeddah by Sardar Ahmad Shah Khan of Afghanistan and Yusuf Yaseen of Saudi Arabia. Since then, the two countries have remained very close allies.
Afghanistan has witnessed many major ups and downs since its independence. Any other nation would have gone with the wind had it experienced the turbulence Afghanistan has faced in the last four decades. Currently, when one hears the name Afghanistan, an image of war, poverty and backwardness comes to mind; but that was not the case a few decades ago. Afghanistan had railways and tram lines in the 1920s. Foreign tourists freely roamed the streets of Kabul and the country’s provinces in the 1940s. In 1988, Abdul Ahad Mohmand became the first Afghan and fourth Muslim astronaut to travel into space, where he stayed and carried out research for nine days. There is a famous saying that Afghanistan is a country where, when one looks at pictures of its past glories, people think as if they are looking at the future of the country. Read more on Arabnews