On a trip to Bhopal, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India visited Sehore, Shahjapur, Raisen, Selwanie and Akodia districts from December 30 2017 to 1st January 2018.

During his trip which was organized by All India Pakhtoon Jargah-e-Hind, headed by Saeedullah Khan, the Afghan Ambassador met with Afghan families who are settled in Bhopal for more than 300 years, when the city was built by Sardar Dost Mohammad Khan.

Thanking for extending warm welcome which was witnessed by a huge crowd, Dr. Abdali during his address noted upon the old-aged cultural relations between India and Afghanistan and asked the participants to work together in bringing the two countries closer.  

Remembering the inception of the joint anti-violence movement by India and Afghanistan, the Afghan Ambassador said: We imbibed the culture of Mahatma Gandhi and Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khān, who was also called 'Frontier Gandhi' in British India. "Their relationship was both personal and political and still holds profound relevance,"

On his visit to Sanchi, a Buddhist complex recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which is famous for the Great Stupa, Dr. Abdali spoke about the history that India and Afghanistan shares since centuries and added: “"Afghanistan also got the Buddhas of Bamiyan through its links with India, On the other hand, Indian sub-continent gained Sufism through its connect with Afghanistan,"

Hinting about rebuilding the Bamyan statues in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali, said that the Afghan government has already taken initiative with UNESCO for rebuilding the Buddha statues which were demolished by Taliban in 2001.   Ambassador Abdali also welcomed assistance of India to recreate the Buddha of Bamyan.

In a separate meeting with the Afghan students studying in Bhopal, the Afghan Ambassador addressed the students and assured them of Afghan Embassy’s support and cooperation.

It is worth mentioning that the series of private visits of the Afghan Ambassador to other states of India will continue in future to explore history, knowledge and culture.







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