Islamabad: The federal government plans to name a road in Islamabad after Afghan commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, twenty-one years after his assassination.
According to federal government sources, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently discussed the concept with the Ministry of Interior, which is the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) line ministry.
According to the sources, Ahmed Wali Massoud, a brother of the late Afghan leader, requested that a boulevard in Islamabad be named after Ahmed Shah Massoud in February of this year. The prime minister had agreed to consider the issue.
Following that, in an official letter, the foreign secretary requested that the interior ministry consults with the CDA before sending a summary to the prime minister for final approval.
Last month, the interior ministry requested CDA’s input on the summary.
According to the reports, Ahmed Shah Massoud, popularly known as the “Lion of Panjshir,” lived in Pakistan during the Soviet conflict and his father is also buried in Peshawar, indicating his close ties to Pakistan.
For his opposition to the Soviet invasion in the 1980s, he is regarded in the highest regard among Afghan leaders. He later served as Afghanistan’s Minister of Defense.
Various states have recognized Ahmed Shah Masooud’s contribution to Afghanistan, according to the sources. Last year, he was commemorated with a plaque in Paris, and Ahmed Shah Massoud Day was designated in San Diego on September 9, 2020.
When contacted, CDA member planning Naveed Ilahi claimed that under current rules, only foreign heads of state can have roads/streets named after them.
According to the sources, the federal government has named four roads after foreign heads of state, including Faisal Avenue, which was named after former Saudi King Shah Faisal, and Attaturk Avenue, which was named after Turkish hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Roads were also named after Chinese leader Zhou Enlai and former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.