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Taliban’s choice for Kabul University chancellor called for killing “spy journalists”


The Chancellor of the University of Kabul, Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat | Twitter | @mSaleemJaved

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New Delhi: The Taliban’s appointment of Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat as the new chancellor of Kabul University on Monday was all the rage on social media after some of his old tweets resurfaced.

In one of these tweets, published in June last year, Ghairat called for the murder of journalists.

“A spy journalist is more dangerous than a hundred Arbaki (Local Police / Paramilitary). I doubt the faith of those who refrain from killing journalists. Kill the spy journalists. Contain the media, ”he said in the since deleted tweet.

Another Twitter user, Nilofer Shah, shared a screenshot of a Facebook post written by Arif Bahrami, who claims to be a classmate of Ghairat.

According to Bahrami, Ghairat was disrespectful to his classmates and professors while studying in the journalism department at Kabul University.

He further noted that the newly appointed chancellor “barely got passing marks” in “very easy subjects”.

After his appointment, Ghairat also tweeted that he would “cleanse Kabul University of Western and infidel thoughts, vulgarity and moral corruption.” The tweet was then deleted.

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“Underqualified for the position”

Ghairat replaced Dr Osman Babory, who was appointed Chancellor in May 2020 and taught pharmacognosy (the study of drugs produced from natural sources) and herbal medicine (the study of the use of naturally occurring extracts as medicines ).

According to the Kabul University website, Babory completed his B.Sc. in Pharmacy and M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Pyatigorsk Pharmaceutical Institute in Russia in 1985. He continued his doctorate. in pharmacognosy at Philipps-University Marburg in Germany in 2019

Ghairat’s credentials, meanwhile, have yet to be disclosed.

Several social media users claimed that Ghairat only graduated with a bachelor’s degree and was underqualified for the post of university chancellor.

Responding to criticism, Ghairat said he was fully qualified for the post.

“For all those who criticize my appointment as chancellor of Kabul University, I ask you to calm down and learn about me and my academic background,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

He also said that he had been a “seeker and seeker of knowledge” all his life.

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