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A look at the background and activities of The Kabul Times

On the advent of the 62nd anniversary of The Kabul Times:

Kabul: This year, The Kabul Times Daily marks its 62nd year of establishment. The Daily was initially established on Feb 27, 1962, during the reign of late King Mohammad Zahir Shah, under the order of the then Prime Minister Mohammad Daud Khan with Sabahuddin Koshkaki as the first Editor-in-Chief. As the first reputable English newspaper, The Kabul Times appeared in the sky of the country’s press as a shining star and ever since has been reflecting the real face of Afghanistan, original culture, tradition and history to the world people. At the beginning, The Kabul Times daily came out in five columns and three days a week and after a while, it was developed to a normal newspaper. At that time, it continued its activities as an enterprise in the framework of Bakhtar News Agency. Later on, Sayed Khalil was appointed as the Editor-inChief of The Kabul Times daily. He was an engineer of communication and was well acquainted with English Language. Professional and skilled employees were supporting him. In 1965, he was replaced with a U.S.-trained journalist, Sayed Shafi Rahel, who remained in this position until 1974. Another U.S.-trained professional Journalist, Noor Mohammad Rahimi, then took over responsibility as the Editor-inChief in 1975 and replaced Rahel. In 1978 in the wake of the April coup, Mohammad Kazem Ahang who was a lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism, Kabul University, was appointed as chief editor of The Kabul Times. Following the Red Army invasion of Afghanistan, The Kabul Times was changed to Kabul New Times and Aazam Rahnaward, Barna Asifi, Rahim Rafaat, Abdul Azizi Danishyar, Qadoos Lemar and Mohammad Qabol were appointed respectively as chief editors. During the late Dr. Najeebullah’s government, other individuals Siddique Rahpo, and Abdul Ghafoor Shakoori were respectively appointed as chief editors of The Kabul New Times. With the collapse of Dr. Najeebullah’s government and takeover of power by Afghan Mujahidin, for a while, The Kabul Times, due to the burning of the state-run Liberty Printing Press during the civil wars, failed to publish, but later on, appeared as a weekly and one of the media professionals Abdul Saboor Rahel was appointed as the chief editor of The Kabul Times. The Liberty Printing Press, which was the only state-run printing press publishing the government-controlled dailies, including The Kabul Times, was transferred to Charikar city, the provincial capital of Parwan. Following the collapse of Mujahidin and the beginning of the Islamic Emirate rule, Enayatullah Kakazadah, Eisa Khan Tesel and Suhail Shaheen were appointed respectively as chief editors of The Kabul Times. After the invasion and occupation of the U.S.-led coalition forces and the establishment of Interim Administration for the third time, The Kabul Times failed to come out for a while but, in late March 2002, it resumed publication once a week. A young journalist Shoaib Sharifi was the acting chief editor. In September 2002 one of the knowledgeable writers, lawyers and journalists and former diplomats in London and Washington DC, late Abdul Haq Waleh was picked up as the Editor-in-Chief and remained in this position for the next six years until he died in late March 2008. Under Walah, quality changes took place in The Kabul Times, because he was personally working hard and writing up-to-date editorials. On April 8, 2008, the Kabul Times was again changed to a daily newspaper. Following the death of Walah, another trained, educated and well-known journalist Dr. Mohammad Zaher Siddique who was holding a Ph.D. in journalism from one of the European countries, was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief. After Dr. Zaher Siddique’s retirement in March 2011, Shafiq Ahmadzai was appointed as chief editor then he was replaced with Ms. Najeeba Maram who was working as deputy chief editor. In early 2014 Ms. Najeeba Maram was replaced by Hamidullah Arefi, until the resumption of power by the Islamic Emirate in mid-August 2021, where a member of the Islamic Emirate and a young professional journalist Nik Mohammad Nikmal was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times. Day by day our people are witnessing improvement of daily quality due to the hard work of its staff and the paper has managed to hold its suitable place among the local media as today it will be celebrating its 62nd establishment anniversary. Since its establishment, The Kabul Times has been reflecting the current policies of the ruling regimes and standing governments and playing its role as a national media. Ahmad Tamim

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