Remembering Prof. Naqib Khpulwak
We remember Naqib for the things he did for his country and community, and for the outstanding person he was. As a research fellow at Stanford Law School, Naqib worked on Stanford’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project, developing some of Afghanistan’s first legal education curriculum and applied projects this curriculum in the classes he taught at AUAF. Naqib also managed USIP’s rule of law program in Afghanistan, which included initiatives to strengthen the ability of civil society organizations to serve as observers in community courts and to analyze and advocate on constitutional issues. He was a young Afghan intellectual and a Hafiz, able to recite the Koran from memory. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Old Dominion University and Middlebury Institute for International Studies in the United States, planning to study human rights law at Oxford in the U.K. in the spring. He had already been accepted and even paid his fees and bought his textbooks. Naqib was planning to attend Oxford not just for himself, but to better Afghanistan; he was passionate about his country, and he knew the best way to serve his country was from inside. Despite opportunities to stay abroad, Naqib returned to Kabul, where he died for what he believed in. We received news today that the government school in his village of Qasimabad will be renamed in his honor.
Naqib was more than just my best friend, he was my brother. We met at Stanford 3 years ago, and over long dinners at the dining hall, we shared our views on Afghanistan, its history and its future, among other things. At Stanford, we all tend to talk about big ideas, but Naqib was someone who was working every day to apply these ideas to transform lives. We became fast friends and promised to meet again. In fall of 2013, I traveled to Afghanistan, to Kabul and to Jalalabad, where I met his family. I ate spinach curry and naan with his father and his brothers in his beloved orange grove. Since then I have brought Naqib back to Stanford twice as a speaker and mentor for initiatives I run at Stanford. In recent weeks, Naqib and I were developing a non-profit to implement his ideas on rule of law and capacity building in his province of Nangarhar and we planned to meet in Washington, D.C. next month.
It is devastating that Naqib was taken from us. If there is anything that I can do, if there is anything WE can do, as a global community, to help make Naqib’s dreams and those of Afghanistan come true, it starts with following through on those lives that will take his place. Please join me in supporting Naqib’s family, and especially in making sure his young siblings can get the same education and opportunities in life that Naqib was fortunate to have.
Thank you for taking the time to think about Naqib today. And thank you if you are blessed to be in a position to help his family through their hardships.
Thank you for your support! It means a lot to Naqib’s family and friends.
Here are a few articles remembering Naqib that we have gathered:
AUAF vows to reopen and quotes Naqib: “Those who care about the future of Afghanistan cannot back down to insurgents and criminals who threaten a future of possibility.”
Poet Bashir Ahmad Gwakh writes about Naqib’s death
The United States Institute of Peace, where Naqib worked, writes in his memory
Stanford Law School Remembers Naqib
NBC led their news coverage with Naqib on national television in the United States
The New York Times wrote about Naqib and his plans for the future
Thank you for that wonderful work . Allah bless him. Let's make his dreams become true by supporting his family and his young sibling . Please share the link with friends.
May he rest in peace!! I don't know who he is,, but my heart aches for his lost and the others too!! Thank u for such a wonderful cause and may the family get the help they need!!! My prayers for them all :'(
Please donate. This is the best response to those beasts! They not only wanted to turn off the candle of light but also wanted to keep his siblings in dark. If you want to fulfill Naqib's dreams spread the light of education and I think we should start from his family
Thanks for such good way to support shaheed Naqib family may Almighty Allah bless Naqib he will be always in our hearts