Memorial ceremonies dedicated to national hero of Afghanistan Ahmad Shah Masood, commander of the Northern Alliance, who died 12 years ago as a result of an attack carried out by Arab suicide bombers, were held in several cities in Afghanistan on Monday.
The largest event was held in Kabul, and among its participants were First Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Kasim Fahmi, Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi, Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, Abdullah Abdullah, Yunus Qanuni and other senior officials and prominent politicians.
After paying tribute to the hero, the participants emphasized the significance of his role in the fight for the country’s independence and the establishment of democratic values, as well as for the restoration of peace and security, Tolo TV channel reported.
According to the hero’s brother, Ahmad Zia Masood, a prominent opposition politician emphasized that the country must support and develop achievements, as he said, made by mujahedeen.
“We must strongly believe in democracy and support it. We must hold free and fair elections and not allow the country to experience new crises and conflicts,” he said.
Another memorial ceremony dedicated to Ahmad Shah Masood and others who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war was held at the Afghan embassy in Moscow with the participation of Afghans and diplomats on Monday.
Moreover, hundreds of Afghans gathered at a restaurant in Moscow to pay tribute to Masood. Russian experts in oriental studies, former diplomats and experts who were invited to the event shared their opinion concerning the role of Masood in Afghan history.