Mohammad Akbar was a major player in the defeat of the British army in the
first Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842). He outsmarted and killed Sir William MacNaughten,
a top British official who highly advocated the invasion and subjugation of Afghanistan
by the British army. Mohammad Akbar was very ambitous and wanted to regain all the
land that was lost by the Afghans, and rebuild another great empire, similar to
Ahmad Shah Abdali's. However, his father, Amir Dost Mohammad, who wanted to work with the
British, feared his son's rise to power. Many believed that Amir Dost Mohammad
poisoned his own son at the age of 29. Mohammad Akbar Khan is highly revered by Afghans
today, and is seen as a major historical hero.
A residential area of Kabul is named after him.