Eighteen years after the assassination of revered anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud
, his only son is hoping to continue the mission against the insurgents by jumping into Afghanistan's chaotic political fray.
Also, the Ahmad Shah Massoud
led Northern Alliance which battled the Pashtun Taliban in the 1990's for control of Afghanistan was in fact an umbrella organization led by the Tajiks and included other ethnic groups such as the Hazara and Uzbeks.
Late Ahmad Shah Massoud
and Abdul Rashid Dostum had created the United Front (Northern Alliance) against the Taliban that were preparing offensives against the remaining areas under the control of Massoud and those under the control of Dostum.
Dashti was badly wounded in the terrorist attack in which Ahmad Shah Massoud
, Commander of the Northern Alliance of minority groups in Afghanistan, was fatally wounded.
Other prominent candidates include Rahmatullah Nabil, a former national intelligence chief who leads an umbrella of reform-minded political and civic groups; Zalmai Rassoul, who served as national security adviser and foreign minister under President Hamid Karzai; Ahmad Wali Massoud, a brother of the late anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban militia leader Ahmad Shah Massoud
; and Noor ul-Haq Oloomi, a former army general and member of parliament.
In the same year Ahmad Shah Massoud
took control of Kabul and started a process of national consolidation and decided to adopt a democratic process for the resolution of prevailing crises.
Raziq is the continuation of war, the release of Mullah Baradar is also the continuation of war,' said Ahmad Wali Massoud, head of Ahmad Shah Massoud
Caption: Ahmad Shah Massoud
weaving and poster, Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, 2010.
Prior to that he was a senior member of the Northern Alliance working as an adviser to Ahmad Shah Massoud
. He also worked as a doctor during the late 1990s.
"The division of the Farsi language into Dari, Farsi and Tajiki is contrary to the reality of our common language and the vast expanse of our common culture and civilization," Abdul Hai Khurasani, a scholar and former aide to the late Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud
wrote in a letter to the director general of the BBC World Service which he posted on Facebook.
The police booth and fruit stand are decorated with posters of Ahmad Shah Massoud
, the legendary anti-Soviet militia leader who was assassinated in 2001.