Thursday, 5 March 2015

AFGHANISTAN ( د افغانستان اسلامي جمهوریت)

Officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia. It has a population of approximately 32 million, making it the 42nd most populous country in the world. It is bordered by Pakistan in the south and east; Iran in the west;TurkmenistanUzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the north; and China in the far northeast. Its territory covers 652,000 km2(252,000 sq mi), making it the 41st largest country in the world. The name Afghānistān (Persianافغانستان‎‎, is believed to be as old as the ethnonym Afghan, which is documented in the 10th-century geography book Hudud ul-'alam. The root name "Afghan" was used historically in reference to a member of the ethnic Pashtuns, and the suffix "-stan" means "place of" in Persian. Therefore, Afghanistan translates to land of the Afghans or, more specifically in a historical sense, to land of the Pashtuns. However, the modern Constitution of Afghanistan states that "[t]he word Afghan shall apply to every citizen of Afghanistan."

This is my first cover from Afghanistan. I was really surprised because it is one of the rarest country among cover collectors. Because of unrest conditions the contacts are very limited or no international access even those who worked there. My good friend Binod from Nepal who worked for UN Habitat Organization helped me to get these covers. He instructed one among the local staff to post these letters to me. Thanks a lot dear Binod for the big help.

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