BANNU: Pashtun intellectual Dr Adeel Khan has passed away in Istanbul. He was on his visit to Istanbul, Turkey, but sad reports came from his family members that Adeel Khan was found dead in a hotel room, where he was staying. Talking to The Pashtun Times, his brother Haroon Khan said that Dr Adeel died of heart attack.
Dr Adeel Khan taught History of Religions, namely, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, at the University of New England Armidale, Australia. Has a Masters Degree in Communication (University of Canberra) and PhD in Sociology (University of Wollongong). He has authored an internationally acclaimed book, Politics of Identity: Ethnic Nationalism and the State in Pakistan (Sage Publications, Delhi), and published in various academic journals. He also presented papers on nationalism, fundamentalism and violence against women at numerous Australian and international conferences and given guest lectures at various universities. Before academic career, Dr Khan was Assistant Editor and special political correspondent of English daily Dawn, Karachi, covering Pakistan and Afghanistan politics, especially Islamist fight against communist government in Afghanistan. He was also political commentator for BBC Pashto service.
Adeel Khan was also working as a volunteer with The Pashtun Times. He was constantly providing guidance to the team of The Pashtun Times. His commentaries on social and political issues were laudable indeed.
His family members have flown to Turkey to collect his body and pay him last ceremonies there in Istanbul. Dr Adeel would be buried in Istanbul according to his wish that he should be buried in that same place where he would die. Dr Adeel had wife but no children. He had also wished that all his property be donated to Red Cross, as Dr Adeel was a committed Humanist.
THE PASHTUN TIMES