By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The former Deputy Minister of Culture and Art Prof. Mohammad Rasul Bawary passed away in Kabul yesterday, Ministry of Information and Culture and his relatives confirmed.
His demise received condolence messages from the Presidential Office, the office of the High Council for National Reconciliation, National Security Adviser, Ministry of Information and Culture and other cultural, social and government institutions as well as the social media users.
Touching to his years of work and accomplishments as Deputy Minister for Culture and Art for the Ministry of Information and Culture, a statement quoting President Ghani said: “Prof. Bawary did very much for the restoration and rehabilitation of the country’s culture and archeology and trained thousands of students during his work as University lecturer.”
“By writing tens of articles and books, about the cultural heritage and historical monuments, he served much in the fields of clear introduction of our culture and identity to the nation,” said the statement, adding his demise was a great loss.
Another message from the High Council for National Reconciliation also extended its grave condolence on his demise as saying Prof. Bawary was one of the country’s known archeologist, author and analyst who besides remaining as Kabul University lecturer, wrote tens of scientific analysis and hundreds of essays for the readers.
The Ministry of Information and Culture also expressed its deep condolence on the death of the former deputy minister and said that Prof. Bawary dedicate long years of his age working for the country’s history and archeology as well as the culture.
He also worked as the Kabul University lecturer and trained many students and cadres, the office of the country’s Minister of Information and Culture said in message. The message reads that late Prof. Bawary held many provincial visits to hold cultural weeks and worked for growth and expansion of Afghanistan culture and art and his death was a great loss. Meanwhile Haroon Hakimi, who has recently been appointed as Deputy Minister of Culture and Art and late Bawary’s successor, called his death as a tragedy for the entire nation, adding that Bawary spared no efforts to define and strengthen the Afghan identity.
Meanwhile dozens of Afghan culturists, archeologists, youth and government officials took into social media to condole death of Bawary and called him one of the greatest cultural figure and archeologist of the country.
Late Bawary was born in Dhrawoot district of Uruzgan province in 1957. He earned his master’s degree in history of Afghanistan from Kabul University, and has served in different positions, including Deputy Minister of Culture and Art, Professor in Archaeology Department of Kabul University as well as rector of Shaikh Zayed University in Khost.