A road near the Afghan embassy in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri has been named after Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Afghan war hero gunned down by the Taliban in 2001.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee unveiled a plaque bearing Ahmad Shah Massoud's name on Cross Road No 1 between Niti Marg and Shantipath on Thursday. Massoud, populary known as Sher-e-Panjshir, was a prominent Afghan leader and a hero in the war against the Taliban.
Unveiling the plaque, the EAM said Massoud was a visionary who realised the threat of "globalisatin of terror". He was also a friend of India, and his dream of a free Afghanistan had now been realised.
This is the first time a road in the capital has been named after an Afghan personality. Several roads in New Delhi are named after distinguished international personalities, such as Swedish leader Olof Palme, Yugoslav leader Josef Tito and Argentine hero Jose de San Martin.