The slain ‘Lion of Panjshir’, Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was the face of resistance against the Taliban and earlier the Soviets in Afghanistan, left behind the legacy to his 32-year-old son. Like his father, Ahmad Massoud is now standing up for the Afghan people.
Ahmad is the eldest among Massoud senior’s six children and he is the only son. He has launched an anti-Taliban front from the picturesque valley of Afghanistan’s Panjshir province along with Amrullah Saleh, who was the Vice-President of Afghanistan in the Ashraf Ghani government and now claims to be the caretaker President.
Massoud senior, a loyal son of Panjshir – the epicentre of the anti-Taliban movement – was killed in a conspiracy hatched by the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in 2001 just before the 9/11 attacks. Ahmad was only 12 when his father was assassinated.
Panjshir falls at a little over 100 kilometres north-east of Kabul. This province still remains free from the Taliban even when they…