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India Names Street After Ahmad Shah Massoud

Following on the heels of Afghanistan’s accession to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the Indian government named a road on April 5 in the national capital after the slain Afghan leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. This is the first such honor extended to a leader from Afghanistan.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the plaque at a ceremony with President Hamid Karzai. Describing Massoud as a visionary, Minister Mukherjee said that he, “Understood the threat of the globalisation of terror and fought, dreamt and prayed all his life for a free Afghanistan, which is a reality today,” and announced that the road would be a symbol of the ties between the two nations. President Karzai expressed gratitude at the honor, and said that Massoud, “was so important in the war against terror and for the freedom of Afghanistan that terrorism found every possible way to get him out of their way. Afghanistan is privileged to have him as our hero." The road is located near the Embassy of Afghanistan in the Chanakyapuri district of New Delhi.

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