By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Aziz Ahmad Panjshiri, a professor at Kabul University was martyred by Taliban militants in Baghlan-Kunduz highway, Baghlan police official said on Wednesday.
According to provincial police spokesman Ahmad Jawed Basharat, Panjshiri’s body has been transferred to a local hospital in Baghlan Markazi district. Meanwhile, Khalil Narmgoi chief surgeon at Baghlan Markazi Hospital told media that their investigations show that Panjshiri was almost 70 years old and killed by gun shot.
National Unity Government leaders condemned assassination of Kabul University lecturer, professor Aziz Ahmad Panjshiri in Baghlan-Kunduz highway, saying Taliban terrorists cannot prevent expert and penmen’s determination for glorifying of culture and education in the country.
“President Ghani was saddened by martyrdom of Prof. Panjshiri, who have spent 70 years of his life for serving culture and education affairs of the country. He has trained many students and many academic researches and works left from him,” the presidential statement quoted the president as saying.
President Ghani extended his condolences to family, friends, academic and cultural societies of the country, adding Taliban could not prevent people and penmen’s will for glorifying of the culture and education in the country, the statement added.
Meanwhile Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah sympathized assassination of Prof. Panjshiri, calling him as one of the prominent cultural and academic figures of the country.
“Prof. Panjshiri’s martyrdom would be a great loss to the country and the terrorists once again showed their enmity with education and culture,” Dr. Abdullah was quoted in a statement released by his press office yesterday.
Dr. Abdullah also extended his condolences to the family and friends of Shaheed Panjshiri and prayed for the departed soul.
The leading body of the Ministry of Information and Culture also condoled death of Aziz Ahmad Panjshiri, saying his martyrdom did not mean end to his life and works.
“Historic Geography of Ghor, silk road, landscape of the cities in Naser Khesraw Balkhi logbook, Panjshir the land of heroes and chronology of Kabul incidents are the popular works of Aziz Ahmad Panjshiri,” the ministry said in a statement. The ministry went on saying that Panjshiri was the member of the commission and was working hard for promotion and preservation of culture in the country.
Panjshiri retired from teaching at Kabul University almost four years ago and was currently working with Kabul Municipality and Ministry of Information and Culture.