More than 3,000 students from state universities and private higher education institutions celebrated their graduation ceremony at Kabul Loya Jirga hall in the city on Friday.
The ceremony was attended by many political figures and senior government officials. But, the important guests were asked not to discuss current political issues during their speeches.
Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of the chief executive Adbullah Abdullah, said at the event that illiteracy, illegal demands and foreigners’ intervention are the main reasons behind the current challenges in the country.
“One part of the war in Afghanistan is because of lack of experience our experience while another part is because of the foreigners as they seek their benefit in this conflict,” said Mohaqiq.
‘Peace and National Unity’ was the theme of the ceremony, which according to the participants was the biggest even ever held in Afghanistan.
“We celebrate this historic and glorious gathering which belongs to no political stream and no specific language and ethnic group,” Mohammad Hadi Alemi, member of a civil society organization, said.
“Brothers and sisters! We gain nothing by clapping. The president (Ashraf Ghani) cannot do anything alone. Let’s support the president in order to achieve peace,” Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Kamal Sadat said at the ceremony.
The students said they passed through many hardships to complete their higher education.
“One of the concerns of those who are about to graduate is that when they graduate, where they should find a job?” asked Tamana Rezaee, a student, said.
“I am excited that I have graduated as a midwife from Kabul Medical University to serve my women in the country,” said Nasrin Hussini, a student.
Organizers of the ceremony said they had invited President Ashraf Ghani, Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, Chairman of High Peace Council Mohammad Karim Kahlili and a few other senior government officials to attend the ceremony, but none of them appeared at the gathering.