Afghan Independence Day
Afghan Independence Day is held on August 19. Also Jeshyn-Afghan Day. Commemorates the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, granting independence from Britain. This event in the second decade of the month August is annual. Help us
Afghanistan's Independence Day is not a typical commemoration of freedom from a colonial power. Instead, this day is celebrated every year on August 19 to observe the Treaty of Rawalpindi which was signed in 1919 between Britain and Afghanistan. The treaty restored complete sovereignty to the country. The British relinquished their control on the foreign affairs of Afghanistan. It is celebrated as Independence Day.
Afghanistan was never formally a part of British Empire; however, given the British interest in the region, the two countries fought three Anglo-Afghan wars between 1839 and 1919.
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