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King Zahir Shah remembered on his 9th death anniversary

King Zahir Shah remembered on his 9th death anniversary

Jul 28, 2016 - 17:40

KABUL (Pajhwok): The ninth death anniversary of Afghanistan’s last monarch and ‘Father of the Nation”, Mohammad Zahir Shah (1914 -2007) was observed in Kabul on Thursday, with participants calling him a patriot and nationalist.

After the assassination of his father, Mohammad Nadir Shah, Zahir Shah was proclaimed the king of Afghanistan on November 8, 1933 at the age of 19.

He ruled the country for 40 years. Zahir Shah was undergoing an eye surgery in Italy in 1972, when his cousin and former Prime Minister Mohammad Daud staged a bloodless coup and established a republican government. Shah was in Italy until Taliban’s regime collapsed.


In April 2002, when the country was no longer under Taliban rule, Shah returned to Afghanistan to open the Loya Jirga, which met in June 2002. He was given the title of “Father of the Nation” that he held until his death.

He attended the December 7, 2004 swearing-in of President Hamid Karzai. Shah died in 2007 at the age of 92 and was buried at the Nadar Khan Hilltop.

As a floral wreath was laid at his tomb, Shah’s ninth death anniversary was observed on Thursday. A message from President Ashraf Ghani was read out at the ceremony.

In his message, Ghani said Zahir Shah was a peace-seeking person and during rule, there was peace and stability in Afghanistan and his life taught the Afghans patience, moderation, gentleness and patriotism.

Ghani said Shah’s services for Afghanistan were unforgettable. Throughout the history, such people rarely born who after 40 years of rule found a special place in people’s hearts, the president remarked.

Former president Hamid Karzai, CEO Abdullah Abdullah, Shah’s son Mirwais Zahir and his grandson Mustafa Zahir laid the floral wreath at his tomb.

Abdullah described Zahir Shah as a compassionate king and said Afghanistan remained peaceful during his regime.  

Zahir Shah’s grandson Mustafa Zahir also praised his grandfather’s rule and asked Afghan leaders to follow into his grandfather’s steps for stability in the country.


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