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Literary elite commemorate ‘Rumi’s’ death anniversary

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(Last Updated On: December 17, 2020)

Afghan and Turkish literary experts on Thursday commemorated the 747th death anniversary of Maulana Jalalludin Mohammad Balkhi – one of the world’s greatest poets who many know as Rumi.

Balkhi was born in Balkh province in Afghanistan in 1207 and died in 1273 in Turkey and to this day his influence transcends borders and ethnic divisions as his legacy lives on.

His poems, mostly written in Persian, have however been translated into countless foreign languages and his work remains extremely popular, not only in the region but also in the United States and other Western countries.

One Afghan writer, Afsar Rahbin, said on Thursday he had learned a lot from reading Balkhi’s works.

“Balkhi had learned agility from his former generation,” said Rahbin.

“I love his voice, and forgot all differences when I got to know (Balkhi’s work),” said Huseyin Avni Botsali, representative of OIC in Afghanistan.

The Masnavi is Balkhi’s most famous work and is an extensive poem written in Persian.

Many commentators have classified this as the greatest mystical poem ever in world literature.

“Masnavi was a source of instruction, a source of ethics and a source of knowledge, it was a source for all humans,” said Tahir Zaheer, acting head of the ministry of information and culture.

Balkhi has also been credited for the Sama dance which in 2008 was declared by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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IEA representatives attend condolence meeting for Hamas leader’s sons

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(Last Updated On: April 12, 2024)

Mohammad Naeem, charge d’affaires of Afghanistan embassy in Doha, and Sohail Shaheen, head of the political office of the Islamic Emirate in Doha, participated in the condolence meeting in memory of the sons and grandchildren of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday.

Three sons of Haniyeh were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Four of his grandchildren were also killed in the attack.

Following the incident, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi phoned Ismail Haniyeh, telling him that as a result of such sacrifices, Palestine will be freed from Israeli occupation.

He also expressed hope for the Palestinian people’s endurance, determination and patience.

Israel’s attacks on Gaza since October 7 have left 33,634 dead. More than 76,000 others have been injured.

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Afghanistan withdrawal probe sparks anxiety within Biden administration: US’s McCaul

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(Last Updated On: April 12, 2024)

US Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, believes the probe into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has sparked anxiety within the Biden administration.

“Are we going to get scalps? I don’t know, but are we going to hold people accountable? Yeah. And I think at the end of the day, my intent is to make sure that this never happens again,” McCaul told Axios in an interview.

US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee launched an investigation into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan several months ago.

Democrats have slammed Republican investigations like the Biden impeachment inquiry as witch hunts. But Republicans argue the Afghanistan probe has yielded evidence that’s hard for the White House to ignore.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail has reported that hours of private testimony by two of the top State Department officials who oversaw the evacuation from Afghanistan lays bare the confusion at the heart of the operation, and how they failed to respond to warning signs that the Islamic Emirate was sweeping across the country.

Brian McKeon, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, until he stepped down in December 2022, admitted that officials were never able to confirm how many Americans were on the ground and would need help.

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Kidnapped child rescued in Herat

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Police have rescued a five-year-old girl kidnapped in Herat province, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Fahmia had been kidnapped nine days ago in the seventh district of Herat city, the ministry said on X.

She was rescued during a search operation, it added.

Two women have been arrested in connection with the case, according to the ministry.

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