AFGHANISTAN: Islamabad is going to name a street in honor of the Afghan Hero Ahmad Sha Masoud. Masoud is known as the ‘leader of the resistance movement’ of Afghanistan who fought Taliban and Soviet forces. In 2001, Masoud was assassinated by Al-Qaeda. Ahmad Wali Masoud, Ahmad Sha Masoud’s brother confirmed the decision on his Facebook page today.
The first agreement came after Wali Masoud met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan.
“We agree on providing comprehensive peace, issuing cards for Afghan refugees, economic development, the right to open bank accounts, and naming an area with the name of Afghanistan National Hero,” Wali Masoud said.
“The solution to Afghanistan’s problem is direct negotiations with Pakistan,” he said, adding that the practical steps are taking to build trust.
In a tweet, Pakistan Prime Minister’s office said in a tweet, “The Prime minister recalled the historic contribution of the late Ahmed Shah Massoud, a key Mujahideen leader, during the Afghan resistance movement.”
The Prime Minister extended a warm welcome to Ahmad Wali Massoud and stated that Pakistan and Afghanistan were bound by a fraternal relationship, rooted deep in shared history and commonalities of faith, culture, and traditions.
Last month, Paris named a street after Ahmad Sha Masoud. Paris officials have invited Ahmad Sha Masoud’s son to attend the inauguration ceremony which will be held in March.
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“The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo discussed with Ahmad Massoud in a phone call following the vow voted by the Paris Council paying tribute to his father. He will be attending the inauguration of the plaque in honor of Commander Massoud in the capital next March, ” the deputy mayor of Paris said.
“The homage the city of Paris is paying to Commander Massoud, 20 years after his martyrdom, is another sign of the centennial friendship between the French and the Afghans. We are proud of it, ” French Ambassador to Afghanistan, David Martinon said in a tweet.
India’s Capital New Dehli was the first city to name a road in honor of an Afghan Hero near the Afghan embassy in 2017.
Ahmad Sha Masoud was an anti-Taliban commander who acted as the Afghanistan Defense Minister in his later life. After his assassination in 2001, the Afghan government declared Massoud as its ‘National hero’.