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Kabul, July 01, 2010 – Etisalat Afghanistan, a 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat UAE organized the Grand Finale of 3rd Annual Quran Recitation Competition 2010 in Kabul.

The competition organized by Etisalat Afghanistan in collaboration with Ministry of Information and Culture and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Hajj, Government of Afghanistan.

H.E Mr. Yousef Saif Subaa Alali, UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan was the Chief Guest at the awards ceremony attended by a large audiences including Mr,Engineer Wahedullah Sabawoon, Advisor Minister of President in Tribal Affairs, Mr. Syed Mohammad Gailani, Ambassador of Afghanistan in UAE Mrs. Fatima Gailani, President of Afghan Red Crescent Society, Mr. Mobarez Rashedi, Deputy Minister of Publication and Media Affairs, Mr. Khalid Hisham Dakroury, Consultant Egyptian Embassy in Afghaanistan, Mr. Abdul Mohssan Ibrahim, Head of Al-Azhar Mission, Kabul along with other distinguished personalities from business and media fraternity here in Afghanistan.

Etisalat Afghanistan 3rd Annual Quran Competition 2010 started on June 08, 2010 in Herati Mosque, Kabul. Qaris under the age of 21 from different Madrasas of Afghanistan in 34 provinces participated in the competition.

Ustaad Qari Barkat ullah Saleem, Shiekh ul Qira Afghanistan was the Chief Judge along with other representatives of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Hajj who judged the young Qaris throughout the competition spanning over 20 days in Kabul.

The top five Qaris Wali ullah s/o Omergul, Mesba ullah s/o Fatah ullah, Mati ullah s/o Mirji Khan, Jamil Alrahman s/o Mohammad Sayed and Atiqullah s/o Abdul Ghafar competed against each other in the final round with the ambition to win the prestigious award.
Wali ullah, 13 years old Qari from Nangarhar province was declared the winner of this competition by the judges.

Ahmad Al Hosany, Chief Commercial Officer Etisalat Afghanistan while speaking at the ceremony said, “The existence and essence of Islam is fundamental to living a prosperous, healthy and peaceful life. Etisalat being a global operator with presence in 18 countries believes in sharing our prosperity in emerging and brotherly countries such as Afghanistan and continues to give significant priority to ideas and programs in order to strengthen the Islamic culture and traditions around the globe”.

Mr. Al Hosany further stated, “Etisalat arrival here in Afghanistan is part of UAE’s promise of long term partnership to work together with the people and government of Afghanistan and assist in transformation of this beautiful country into a modern, peaceful and prosperous motherland.

We are thankful to Government of Afghanistan for their continuous support as Etisalat Afghanistan and rest of Etisalat family will be trying our level best to help Afghanistan and its people in the development and successful years lying ahead”.

Qari Wali ullah, the winner of Etisalat Afghanistan 3rd Annual Quran Competition 2010 and cash prize of AF 500,000 will now be representing Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the Dubai International Holy Quran Award during upcoming month of Ramadan where Qaris from all Islamic Nations will be participating. The four runner ups received AF 125,000 each from Etisalat Afghanistan.

Chief Commercial Officer and acting CEO Etisalat Afghanistan Mr. Ahmed Al Hosany distributed the cash prizes and gave away the shields to all five participants.

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