Members of Afghanistan Green Trend, a Kabul-based social movement, on Friday commemorated Martyrs Week and the 17th anniversary of the National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination by laying a wreath at the Minaret of Resistance in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul’s PD15.
Members of the movement called on Massoud’s supporters not to disturb the people by closing roads and firing in the air on 17th anniversary of Massoud’s assassination on Sunday – September 9. They said the Martyrs Week and Massoud’s anniversary should be marked peacefully.
“Driving vehicles with tinted windows, installing flags on vehicles, closing roads and shooting in the air are all against the path and the ambitions of the National Hero,” said Abdul Sattar, member of the Green Trend.
“Those who misuse this day and annoy the people, they insult the goals of the National Hero of Afghanistan,” said Mujtaba Daqiq, member of the Green Trend.
“People should commemorate the death anniversary of Massoud peacefully,” said Ahmad Zia Muzammil, member of the movement.
Other members of the movement meanwhile called on the people to stay united as according to them it is fundamental need for the country.
They also emphasized that government should start negotiations with insurgents from a powerful stance.
“Based on what the history has taught us, unity among Afghans is a need and will work for us to use opportunities on the ground for reconstruction and development of the country and for defeating the enemies,” said Shahpoor Barez, member of the Greed Trend.
“We cannot achieve peace through apology. All Afghans know that as much as we used good talk, we suffered the most,” Wahid Hamza, another member said.
Massoud’s son, Ahmad Massoud, will launch a campaign on Saturday to donate blood to those wounded in recent attacks to mark Massoud’s assassination anniversary.
Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated 17 years ago in a suicide bombing in Khajwa Bahawuddin district in Takhar by two terrorists who appeared in front of him as journalists.
The anniversary of Massoud’s death is marked annually on 9 September in the country.
Ahmad Shah Massoud, son of Colonel Dost Mohammad Khan, was born in Jangalak area in Panjshir district 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.
Massoud enrolled at the Polytechnic University in Kabul in 1973 and at the same time received membership of the Nahzat Islami Afghanistan party. Two years later, in 1975, he led the first rebellion of Panjshir residents against the government of that time.