By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani attended the closing ceremony of Pul-e-Khisti reconstruction work, a statement from the Presidential Office said Saturday.
A number of government high-ranking officials have also attended the ceremony, during which the country’s president unveiled the Pul-e-Khishti Mosque Tableau and said he hoped his commitments on what he described works and services for the country’s mosques and holy sites have been done well, the statement said.
The president while speaking about the long background of the historical mosque of Pul-e-Khishti, said the mosque dated back 300 years and that he was happy to have the holy place reconstructed.
The president also thanked the in charges of the ministry of urban development for their efforts in reconstruction of the mosque. “This is their commitment to our religion and culture.”
“For me, this is the place of pleasure that Allah Almighty gave me the success to reconstruct the holy places, particularly the completion of the reconstruction work of Pul-e-Khishti,” the statement quoted.
More than 129 million Afghanis have been spent in the reconstruction work of the mosque, after president Ghani order by the end of 2017, said the statement. The mosque had initially been built during the era of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan, then reconstructed during the eras of Habibullah Khan, King Amanullah Khan and Mohammad Zahir Shah.
Work on building up to 377 mosques continues all over the country’s districts while 26 others are completed at the provincial centers.