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PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Minister of Communication, Amirzai Sangin; Ministerial Advisor to President Karzai, Mohammad Jegdalek; and Panjshir Gov. Keramuddin Karim cut a ribbon signifying the opening of the new communications center in the Khenj District here Nov. 2. The new center will include phones, computers and a post office for locals to use. “I saw many children in the road going to school all over Panjshir and the surrounding provinces,” said Sangin through an interpreter. “This shows our young generation is looking to education and the future of the country is in their hands.” (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Holly Hess, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s Minister of Communication opened a new communications center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Khenj District here Nov. 2.

“The communications center will include phones, computers and a post office for locals to use,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Phillip Baker, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team senior engineer and San Antonio native.

Panjshir Gov. Keramuddin Karim; Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communications and Information Technology; Khenj District Gov. Mohammad Tareq; and Panjshir PRT Director Bill Martin spoke at the ceremony, which was witnessed by President Karzai’s Ministerial Adviser, Mohammad Jegdalek, various Afghan media, Afghan officials and local residents.

After Karim welcomed those in attendance, he acknowledged the efforts of the Minister of Communication.

“We are proud today that the Minister of Communication has come to Panjshir and we hope other ministers are doing good work in other provinces as well,” said Karim.

“I saw many children in the road going to school all over Panjshir and the surrounding provinces,” said Sangin. “This shows our young generation is looking to education and the future of the country is in their hands.”

Sangin said the development was attributed to the people of Panjshir.

“I’m sure it’s not easy, but all this peace is made possible by the Panjshiri people because they are working with the government and the government can keep the peace,” Sangin said.

The equipment for the building will be provided by the Ministry of Communication, said Baker.

“Having a place to make phone calls and get on the internet will be new for the people in the local area. The project was made possible by the partnership and hard work of the local contractors, the Panjshir communications director, the district governor and the PRT,” said Baker.

The ceremony concluded as local media recorded the Panjshir governor cutting the ribbon to the entrance of the new center.

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Minister of Communication, Amirzai Sangin, and Panjshir Gov. Keramuddin Karim speak to local media following the ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the grand opening of the Khenj communications center here Nov. 2. The Minister of Communication, Panjshir governor, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team director and the Khenj district governor all spoke at the ceremony. The new center will include phones, computers and a post office for locals to use. “I saw many children in the road going to school all over Panjshir and the surrounding provinces,” said Sangin through an interpreter. “This shows our young generation is looking to education and the future of the country is in their hands.” (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Holly Hess, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

    

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