PESHAWAR - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani yesterday said the Kabul government and the people of his country were deeply grieved over the Bacha Khan University tragedy.

“Bacha Khan University has been named after Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, commonly known as Bacha Khan, who had always worked for peace, advocated the philosophy of non-violence and struggled to educate the Pakhtun nation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in his message read out at Bacha Khan Tomb in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in connection with his 26th death-anniversary.

A delegation of National Youth Organisation, youth wing of ANP, has been in Afghanistan these days to attend a programme about Bacha Khan’s death anniversary there. Ashraf Ghani’s message was read out by Ningarhar Governor Saleem Khan Kandozi.

Besides others, ANP Central Secretary Finance Arbab Muhamamd Tahir Khan Khalil, NYO chief Sangeen Khan Advocate, Babrak Miankhel, Ustad Muhamamd Anwar Sultani and Lal Badshah Azmon were also present on the occasion.

Paying rich tributes to Bacha Khan, the Afghan president, in his message, said Bacha Khan, a great Pakhtun leader, had faced a lot of difficulties in the libration movement against the British rule. He said he was a hero of the Pakhtun nation, who built schools for free education. It was Bacha Khan who struggled for removing all evils from the Pakhtun society and he would be remembered forever, he added.

Ashraf Ghan held militancy could be eradicated if guidance was taken from the non-violence philosophy of Bacha Khan. He asserted today’s Afghanistan was totally changed from that which was 15 years back.