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Ghani Visits Kabul Malls as Eid Shopping Gathers Momentum

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Tuesday the security has been beefed up across the country as the nation prepares to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha - the largest religious festival marked annually by Muslims across the world.

At the moment, Kabulis are out in full force shopping for clothes, jewelry and dried fruits for Eid Days.

"We see a huge crowd of people going to shops and markets to buy stuff for Eid," a resident of Kabul said.

In an unprecedented move, President Ashraf Ghani on Monday visited some shopping malls in Kabul and mingled with the people ahead of Eid.

Greeting the president enthusiastically, people flocked around him while he cuddled children and allowed shoppers to take selfies of themselves with him.

The Interior Ministry, however, urged the citizens to celebrate Eid in a peaceful way and avoid acts of violence and to not fire weapons in the air.

"Security will be tightened from tonight and will remain in place until two days after the Eid," said Najib Danish, deputy MoI spokesman.

"We request our citizens not to fire in the air and not to use crackers during Eid."

In addition, the UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom wished all Afghans a peaceful and joyous celebration.

"Eid-ul-Azha is a time of peace, which Afghanistan richly deserves," said Haysom, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

"The United Nations remains a committed partner and supporter of Afghans in their efforts to achieve stability, prosperity and a lasting peace."

On behalf of the UN family in Afghanistan, Haysom expressed the hope all Afghans will be able to celebrate the occasion free from violence and surrounded by family and friends.