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    Former chief justice dies due to brain hemorrhage

    KABUL (PAN): A former chief justice and the head of Afghanistan's Ulema Council, Fazal Hadi Shinwari, has died due to a brain hemorrhage in India, an official said on Monday.  He was 83.

    Shinwari had been receiving medical treatment in India for the past year, a spokesman for the High Peace Council, Qayamuddin Kashaf, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    "Shinwari had dedicated most of his life to accumulate knowledge and teach others," he said. It was not clear when the body would be transferred to Kabul to be buried, he said.

    Born in Haska Mina village of Shinwari district in Nangarhar province, he completed his higher Islamic education in Kabul in 1954 and then become a teacher of Islamic studies at Ibn-i-Sina high school that year.

    He was hired as head of Najmuddin religious seminary in Nangarhar in 1957 and later migrated to Pakistan in 1974.

    Shinwari was appointed chief justice in the transitional government of President Hamid Karzai in 2002, and he stayed in the same post until 2007. He has been head of the ulema council for the last nine years.

    Shinwari wrote 12 books, some of which were on the hadith (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUP). He also memorised all of the Quran.

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