Afghan enthusiast realises his dream of flying in homemade microlight

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Sabir Shah takes off – after Kabul International declines – in aircraft built from bits of rickshaw and a secondhand Toyota

Sabir Shah (left), from the dicey province of Ghazni in Afghanistan, with his homemade microlight. Photograph: Jon Boone for the Guardian
Sabir Shah (left), from the dicey province of Ghazni in Afghanistan, with his homemade microlight. Photograph: Jon Boone for the Guardian

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 December 2011 17.52 GMT

—–They think differently now. But as a member of the Hazara ethnic minority, he thinks his triumph has not gained the deserved accolades.

“[Hamid] Karzai went on TV holding a can of Pepsi, saying it was made in Afghanistan and as a nation we should be proud of that,” he said. “But he has not told the nation that Afghanistan has made the first airplane in its history.”……..

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  1. Oqra Nimroz

    He is not Afghan, He is Hazara. Why do open minded people who posted this article still call the Hazara person an Afghan?

  2. Hazara

    GOOD JOB BRO
    KEEP IN KEEP
    LONG LIVE HAZARA PEOPLE
    UNITED WE STAND
    DIVIDE WE FALL
    BE WITH EACH OTHER IN ANYTIME OF NEED ?
    GREETINGS FROM CHINA