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Massoud’s Assassination Anniversary, Martyrs Week Marked in Kabul

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Wednesday September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Prominent politicians, former Jihadi leaders and government officials on Monday commemorated Martyrs Week and the 18th anniversary of National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination by laying a wreath at the Minaret of Resistance in Massoud Square in Kabul.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid, head of Massoud Foundation Ahmad Wali Massoud, former Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanooni and a number of former Jihadi leaders and politicians attended the ceremony on this occasion at the Loya Jirga tent in Kabul.
Dr. Abdullah said at the ceremony that the National Hero wanted peace in the country and that the Afghan forces and Afghan civilians are sacrificing their lives for this purpose. He said the opportunity for peace in the country was lost after US President Donald Trump’s move to call off negotiations with the Taliban. Dr. Abdullah called on the nation to remain united. Former Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanooni said at the same event there is a need for the formation of a coalition from the address of “Jidah and Resistance” front to bring sustainable peace in the country. “We have to boost our unity from the address of Jihad and resistance and come up with a comprehensive agenda for peace in Afghanistan,” Qanooni said. 
Ahmad Shah Massoud, son of Colonel Dost Mohammad Khan, was born in Jangalak area in Panjshir province in September 1953. He spent his childhood days in Panjshir and started school at the age of five. As a young boy, he moved to Herat with his family and then to Kabul where he continued his studies. Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated in a suicide bombing in Khawaja Bahawuddin district in Takhar in September 2001. The anniversary of Massoud’s death is marked annually on 9 September in the country.

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