Muhammad Zahir Shah

Muhammad Zahir Shah

(məhăm`əd zä`hĕr shä), 1914–2007, last king of Afghanistan. In 1933 he became king after his father, Muhammad Nadir Shah, was assassinated. During his reign power was exercised mainly by the king's uncles and a cousin, serving as prime ministers, until 1963, when the king asserted his power. Zahir Shah ended the absolute monarchy in 1964 and adopted some liberalizing reforms. In 1973 he was overthrown while abroad by his cousin (and former prime minister) Muhammad Daud Khan. The king returned to Afghanistan in 2002, after the ouster of the TalibanTaliban
or Taleban
, Islamic fundamentalist militia of Afghanistan and later Pakistan, originally consisting mainly of Sunni Pashtun religious students from Afghanistan who were educated and trained in Pakistan.
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, and held the ceremonial position of "father of the country" from 2004 until his death.
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Among others the meeting was attended by MPAs Sardar Shamoon Khan, Fazal Shakoor Khan, Muhammad Zahir Shah, Mst, Yasmin Nazli Jaseem , Zubida Ihsan besides Secretary Local Govt.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid's MPA Muhammad Zahir Shah from Shangla, bordering the restive Swat district, through a call attention notice once again accused the NWFP Minister for Schools and Literacy Sardar Hussain Babak of his alleged involvement in the 'illegal' postings and transfers of primary teachers and other officials of the education department.
Karim Faiez and Laura King KABUL, Afghanistan--Afghanistan's last king, Muhammad Zahir Shah, died Monday, plunging his battered country into mourning and inspiring a wave of wistful nostalgia for better days.
Fateha would also be held for departed souls of late MPAs Gulistan Bittani and Muhammad Zahir Shah.
Located on the main Jalalabad-Kabul highway, Daronta Dam was constructed in (1343) during the era of late Muhammad Zahir Shah.