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Dalla Lana Fellow in Global Journalism, University of Toronto

Zamir Saar is a Pashto linguist and literary analyst who taught in the Pashto department of language and literature at Balkh University in Afghanistan and co-founded the Balkh Literary Movement, an umbrella association hosting a series of activities and institutions, including the library of Khushal Baba Ketabtun. Saar has written short stories in his native language, Pashto, and served as editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, Parkha. He had been involved in cultural events across the country for more than a decade before he fled the country last August. Saar has worked as a videographer for Pajhwok Afghan News and as a freelancer for the Wall Street Journal, Expressen, TV4 and other media organizations. He is a fellow in the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the University of Toronto.


  • –present
    Dalla Lana Fellow, University of Toronto