The federal government of Pakistan plans to designate a road in Islamabad after Ahmad Shah Masoud, the Afghan Commander, twenty-one years after his assassination.

According to federal government sources, the State Department of Pakistan has discussed the concept with the Pakistani Interior Ministry, which is the Capital Development Authority’s line ministry (CDA).

The sources further added that this initiative was taken after Ahmad Shah Masoud’s brother, Ahmad Wali Masoud, requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to name a road in Islamabad after his brother.

Ahmad Shah Masoud, also known as “Lion of Panjshir”, remained in Pakistan in the Soviet war. His father was also consigned to the grave in Peshawar. Ahmad Shah Masoud is regarded in the greatest esteem among other Afghan leaders for his resistance to the Soviet invasion in the 1980s.

This move by Pakistan is not the first, as Ahmad Shah Masoud’s contributions to Afghanistan has been recognized and acknowledged by several other states. Last year, he was commemorated with a plaque in Paris, and Ahmed Shah Masoud Day was established in San Diego on September 9, 2020.

The federal government of Pakistan has named four roads after foreign heads of state, including Faisal Avenue, which was named after former Saudi King Shah Faisal, and Attatürk Avenue, which was named after Turkish hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The roads were also named after Chinese leader Zhou Enlai and former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. The Pakistan government shall amend its policy of naming roads only after foreign heads of state as a gesture to show Pakistan’s respect to the ethnic communities of Afghanistan.

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