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Prominent litterateur, politician passes away

AT-KABUL: Ali Mohammad Zohma, a prominent litterateur, translator and pioneer politician, passed away at the age of 96 in Vienna, Austria.

Late Zohma was a famous historian, philosopher, sociologist and literature expert. He was also the founder of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, who founded translation of strong literature works and served our culture and literature during his career.

His death turned to breaking news among the social media users. Ali Amiri, a writer and university lecturer, has mentioned Zohma in an article titled “The purple branch was broken”: “In 2007, I found a collection of articles written by late Zohma. For the first time, I saw that an Afghan writer was speaking seriously and scholarly about Francois Voltaire, Jean Jacques Rousseau and France’s great revolution. Later, I found several of his other articles printed in the magazines. He had translated an article about Aristotle that explains his enthusiasm in research and power of knowledge and I shortly mentioned the article in my work titled Avicenna’s philosophy.”

Some of his articles and translations were never printed in the newspapers and magazines. Social Articles and History of Civilization are his two translated works. His poetry collection under the title of ‘Tanin’ (Voice) was printed in Vienna.

Late Zohma left his nine articles at the library of the Kabul University when he decided to leave Afghanistan for ever. The articles were banned because of a certain political situation at the time.

In 2009, he asked the then minister of higher education to help searching for his lost articles, but it was never done.

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