Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a brief visit to Afghanistan, was on Saturday conferred with Amir Amanullah Khan Award, the country’s highest civilian honour. He was bestowed the honour by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam, also known as Salma Dam.
“A true brotherhood is honoured. PM is awarded the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a photo.
Amanullah Khan (June 1, 1892 – April 25, 1960) was the ruler of the Kingdom of Afghanistan from 1919 to 1929. After the third Anglo-Afghan War, Afghanistan was able to pursue an independent foreign policy free from the influence of the United Kingdom, and his rule was marked by dramatic political and social change. He was the first Afghan ruler who attempted to modernize Afghanistan on Western designs.