Azizullah Wasifi dies in Kandahar at 88
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Prominent politician Azizullah Wasifi, who served as agriculture minister under King Zahir Shah, on Saturday breathed his last after a protracted ailment in southern Kandahar province, family sources said.
Wasifi’s oldest son, Azzitullah Wasifi, told Pajhwok Afghan News his father had long been complaining of heart problems and died at the ripe age of 88 years.
Wasifi arrived in Kandahar from the United States at about 12:30pm, but his condition started deteriorating at about 4pm in the afternoon and the family took him to Momand Hospital where he died during treatment, the son said.
Provincial council member and tribal elder, Haji Agha Lalai Dastagiri, told Pajhwok Afghan News that late Wasifi would be buried at his ancestral graveyard on Sunday afternoon after the funeral prayers.
He said the family of Wasifi had long ago migrated to Kandahar City from the Maroof district and his father and forefathers had been known faces of their times.
“Wasif was member of the Wolesi Jirga during King Zahir Shah’s rule and was appointed as agriculture minister under President Sardar Daud Khan in 1975 and then as the Loya Jirga chief in 1977. He served as advisor to King Zahir Shah and a member of the Rome movement.”
Writer and journalist, Abdul Nafi Himmat, said Azizullah Wasifi had pursued higher studies in literature and had worked in different capacities during King Zahir Shah and President Duad’s regimes.
He said Wasifi remained jailed for some time after the 1978 coup that toppled Daud government and then he exiled himself to Pakistan, where he continued struggling to protect Afghanistan’s national interest.
After the ouster of Taliban from power in 2001, Wasifi, who had a say in the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan, did not serve on a government post, but kept advising officials. “Wasifi was a patriotic politician and his death is a huge loss,” Himmat said.
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