One of Afghanistan’s great thinkers and poet Ustad Khalilullah Khalili, who died in the Pakistan capital Islamabad in 1987, was returned to Afghan soil today, the Ministry of Information and Culture said.
Khalili was born in 1907 in Kabul and was orphaned by the age of 11 after his mother died when he was only seven and his father was executed by King Habibullah Khan when he was 11.
He was prevented from going to school by the same king who executed his father, but he continued his studies privately. By the age of 16 Khalili was educated enough to be a teacher himself, and he went to Mir Bacha Kot, a district near Kabul, to teach in a local school.
In his lifetime, he worked in a variety of position, including as an accountant at the Ministry of Finance, vice chair of Kabul university, head of Afghanistan’s independent media, media advisor for parliamentarian Mohammad Zaher Shah, and finally as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
In 1978 he immigrated to the US and continued his cultural activities, but eventually moved to Islamabad, where he died, during the 1980s.
Khalili created a name for himself through his broad writings contained in more than 62 cultural, philosophic, literature and politics books, most of which were published abroad.