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Etisalat Afghanistan holds Annual Quran Recitation Competition

Kabul, June 19, 2012: Etisalat Afghanistan, the first company to launch 3.75G services in Afghanistan has held Annual Quran Recitation Competition 2012.
Etisalat Afghanistan is organizing the Quran Recitation Competition for the 5th year running in collaboration with Ministry of Hajj & Awqaf and Ministry of Information and Culture, Government of Afghanistan.

Qari Inayatullah Abdul Khalil was declared the winner of this year’s Etisalat Afghanistan Annual Quran Recitation Competition who shall now be representing Afghanistan in the Holy Quran Awards (The Biggest Quran recitation contest all over the world), held every year in Dubai during Ramadan.

The closing ceremony of Etisalat Afghanistan Annual Quran Recitation Competition 2012, held in Kabul was attended by large audiences including Deputy Minister for Hajj & Awqaf, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Muneeb, Deputy Minister for Information & Culture, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Farahi, Deputy Minister for Education, Dr. Mohammad Shafiq Samim, Deputy Head of Peace Commission Afghanistan Atta ullah Lodin, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Afghanistan, Mr. Yasser Aboul Amayem, Afghanistan Parliament Members, Foreign Diplomats, various high- level Government officials and members of media fraternity.

The competition which started on June 13, 2012 in Kabul was supervised by the panel of Judges comprising of senior officials of Ministry of Hajj & Awqaf, Government of Afghanistan.
Qaris under the age of 21 participated in this year’s competition from all regions and provinces of Afghanistan.

Mr. Abdul Hakeem Muneeb, Deputy Minister of Hajj & Awqaf stated during the ceremony, “I would like to congratulate Etisalat for organizing this Holy Quran event in Afghanistan for so many years which highlights their vision and roots for the promotion of Islamic values and traditions, indeed important to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and to Afghans specifically.”

Mr. Ghulam Nabi Farahi, Deputy Minister of Culture & Information, speaking at the ceremony said, “We are delighted to work with Etisalat every year for facilitation and promotion of Holy Quran Awards in Afghanistan. Today’s winner of this Etisalat Holy Quran Competition, Qari Inayatullah Abdul Khalil will be sent officially by Government of Afghanistan to represent our country in the biggest Islamic Competition in Dubai during upcoming month of Ramadan.”

Mr. Yasser Aboul Amayem, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat Afghanistan while speaking at the ceremony said, “Being a United Arab Emirates Company, we stand committed in our resolve to promote Islamic culture and values in Afghanistan and realize the importance of Quran and all areas important to Afghans and the society.”

“We are proud to organize this platform every year since the launch of our operations and thankful to Government of Afghanistan and our partner Ministries of Hajj & Awqaf and Ministry of Culture & Information to uphold Islamic traditions by giving a chance to the youth for not only showing their skills but also fostering positive environment in the society. We shall remain committed to serve our customers and connect people of Afghanistan in the best possible manner while demonstrating highest level of business and social responsibility” added further by Mr. Amayem

Etisalat Afghanistan represented by Mr. Yasser Aboul Amayem, Chief Marketing Officer awarded cash award of USD 5000 to Mr. Inayatullah Abdul Khalil (Kundoz province) for winning the 1st prize of this year’s competition.

Mr. Masihullah son of Muhammad Muslim, who hails from Panjsher province of Afghanistan was awarded USD 3000 for securing 2nd position in the final standings. Mr. Seqdiqullah son of Naimatullah from Ghazni province secured the 3rd position and was awarded prize of USD 2000 .
The winners were also given honorary shields for participation in this event by Etisalat Afghanistan as well as the panel of Judges.

Etisalat Afghanistan is part of Etisalat Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and Africa. Etisalat Afghanistan, strongly believes in conducting its business in a way that it contributes to the growth and development of the society it operates in. The company has launched various CSR programs and social campaigns in Afghanistan over the years and has made profound efforts to contribute in the growth of various sectors of Afghan society such as sports, education and health and women gender development.

For more information about Etisalat Afghanistan and Annual Quran Recitation Competition 2012; please visit: www.etisalat.af and www.facebook.com/etisalatAfg

About Etisalat:
Etisalat Afghanistan is the fastest growing telecommunications company in Afghanistan and part of Etisalat Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and Africa.  Its UAE operations, strategically located at the crossroads of East and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the Middle East for Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data services. Etisalat has been recognized as ‘Best Operator’ 10 times since 2006 and ‘Best Wholesale Provider’ four times in the last three years. Servicing over 167 million customers in 17 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to new customers and markets.

About Etisalat Afghanistan: -
Etisalat Afghanistan is part of Etisalat Telecommunications Group, headquartered in UAE, one of the largest telecommunications group in the world. The company is the first telecom company to launch 3.75G services in Afghanistan and is the official mobile phone partner of Afghanistan National Cricket Team and Afghanistan National Volleyball Federation. The company has taken various initiatives to help Afghan community in the fields of education, health, sports and other social endeavors. The company has also been supportive of National sport of Afghanistan ~Buzkashi.