The Talibans pick for the new Vice Chancellor of Kabul University, Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat, had once called for the killing of journalists. His appointment as the new Chancellor of the university sparked outrage on social media when users dug up some of his old tweets.
Already 70 teachers in the Kabul University have resigned in protest against the new VC.
Further, a Facebook post written by a person named Arif Bahrami who claims to be college class fellow of Ghairat has also been doing the rounds on social media, the Pakistan-based Friday Times newspaper reported.
Bahrami claims that Ghairat was always disrespectful towards his women class fellows and professors while he was studying at the Kabul University.
Besides Ghairat is just a graduate who is replacing a PhD
The person also claimed that Ghairat had barely received pass marks in ‘very easy subjects', the report said.
However, Ghairat claims the criticism is unfair. Responding to the backlash, he said: "I request you to clam down and inquire about me and my academic background."
In one of the tweets which he posted last year in June, Ghairat had spoken about murdering journalists.
"A spy journalist is more dangerous than a hundred Arbaki (Local Police/Paramilitary). I doubt the faith of those who restrain from killing journalists. Kill Spy Journalists. Contain Media," the tweet said. The tweet has since been deleted from his account.
The appointment has reacted wide reaction in social media as a young bachelor degree holder replaced an intellectual and experienced Ph.D. holder as head of the best and the very first university in Afghanistan.
People including some Taliban members have criticised the move and said that there were more eligible people than him among them, Khaama Press reported.
The Afghanistan University Teachers Association in a statement urged the Taliban caretaker government to assign experienced, professional figures to lead academic institutions.
The statement further said that academic organizations will move toward a crisis without professional figures leading.
The statement comes as Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat has been appointed as Kabul University chancellor.
“The universities depend not on any special political system. In the universities, there are people who belong to Afghan society," said Dr. Esmatullah Sajad, the deputy head of the union.
At universities and academic institutions, experts and experienced persons with high academic status are appointed, the statement said.
Sayed Baqer Mohseni, a university professor, said: “The members of the scientific board, and teachers, should be selected internally, otherwise, there will be problems in the universities.