A Nottingham imam is objecting to a campaign to name the A453 road after the 453 British service personnel who died in Afghanistan.
Dr Musharraf Hussain, Chief Imam at the Karimia Institute in Bobbersmill Nottingham, says that the conflict wasn’t just, so the renaming isn’t justified.
I have a huge respect and love for our armed forces but it wasn’t a just war, and it’s not a wise move to name such an important road in the memory of service personnel who died.
Dr Musharraf Hussain
The campaign to rename the road has been started by the father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2009. John Upton has won the backing of Nottingham City Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council and North West Leicestershire District Council. John’s son, warrant officer Sean Upton was hit by a rocket propelled grenade whilst on foot patrol.
John wrote to the highways agency to suggest name ideas for the road such as “Heroes Way” “Helmand Way” and “Bastion Way”. Mr Upton says that it is not just for Sean, but for everybody who died in Afghanistan.
The A453 is currently being widened into a dual carriageway at the cost of 150 million pounds, and is due to be finished in May.