Afghan academics living abroad for years return home

KABUL (Agencies): Seven prominent Afghan academics, who had been living outside the country for many years due to the lack of security, received a warm welcome on their return to Kabul on Monday. They were welcomed home by Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials at Kabul airport. According to them, there is a host of academics, especially scientists, living abroad who will return home soon.
The returning academics expressed their intention to live in Afghanistan and cooperate with the Islamic Emirate. “There are more than 200 of us in this group with bachelor’s and master’s and doctoral degrees, also among us we have people who in the government of Ghani and Karzai rejected the proposal of the ministries,” said Fazlullah Jalili, former director of education at Ariana Airlines.
“We have got suggestions and advice in various sectors that the Islamic Emirate can include in its policy and use to serve the homeland to solve the current problems in the country,” said Abdul Matin Safi, a medical specialist. Welcoming the return of these Afghans, a spokesman for the new commission tasked with attracting Afghans to return home said that in the past few days, dozens of high- and low-ranking officials of the former government had contacted them and were willing to return home.
“Currently, dozens of people who worked in high and low positions in the previous regime have contacted us, and among them are governors, deputies, general managers and some political figures who will come to Kabul,” said Ahmadullah Waseek, a spokesman for the commission.
However, after recent developments and the fall of the previous government, hundreds of politicians, high-ranking government officials and academics left the country. But the Islamic Emirate is trying to pave the way for the return of skilled Afghans through the commission.