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CABINET & MINISTER'S SHORT BIOGRAPHies
 
INDEX
 
Mohammad Qasim Fahim First Vice President
Mohammad Karim Khalili Second Vice President
Hedayat Amin Arsala Senior Minister
Dr. Zalmai Rasooul Minister of Foreign Affairs
General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi Minister of Interior
Gen. Abdurrahim Wardak Minister of National Defense
Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta National Security Advisor
Ms. Amina Afzali Minister of Disabled and Social Affairs
Dr. Omar Zakhilwal Minister of Finance
Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal Minister of Economy
Mohammadulla Batash Minister of Transport
Eng. Amir Zai Sangeen Minister of Communication
Waheedullah Sharani Minister of Mines
Gen. Mohammad Ismael Khan Minister of Energy and Water
Dr. Suhrab Ali Safari Minister of Public Works
Sultan Hussain Minister of Urban Development
Mohmmad Asef Rahimi Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation
Habibullah Ghaleb Minister of Justice
Sarwar Danesh Minister of Higher Education
Sayed Makhdum Rahin Minister for Culture and Youth Affairs
Dr. Suraya Dalil Minister of Public Health
Mohammad Yousuf Neyazi Minister of Haj and Religious Affairs
Arsala Jamal Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs
Hosn Banu Ghazanfar Minister of Women’s Affairs
Jarullah Mansoori Minister of Rehabilitationn and Rural Development
Abdul Rahim Minister of Refugees Repatriatio and Repatriation
H.E. Anwarul Haq Ahadi Minister of Commerce and Industries
Farouq Wardak Minister of Education
Zarar Ahmad Moqbel Minister of Counter-Narcotics


First Vice President
Mohammad Qasim Fahim

Fahim was a former Defense Minister and Vice President in Hamid Karzai's transitional government. Even though he was not re-appointed as Defense Minister or given any other cabinet position after Hamid Karzai won the presidential elections in October 2004, he is still considered to be a powerful and influential figure in Afghanistan. Many believe Karzai dropped Fahim from his cabinet as a result of intense pressure from various foreign organizations who viewed Fahim as a major bottleneck in the disarmament process. Also, Fahim has no higher education, and article 72 of Afghanistan's constitution states that an appointed Minister to the President's cabinet should have a higher education.

President Karzai in late December 2004 issued a decree granting Fahim special lifetime privileges. In his decree, Karzai indicated that since Marshal is the highest military rank in the country, Fahim will have this title throughout his life and will have all the military rights and privileges that go along with it. Fahim will get to sit in the first row in official ceremonies of the government and his vehicle's license plate will have five stars on it. He will also be protected by security guards.

Mohammad Qasim Fahim rose to prominence after taking over Ahmad Shah Masood's army when he was assassinated by suicide bombers on September 9, 2001. Fahim was born in Immerse, a village in the Panjshir Valley, in 1957. He attended primary school in Panjshir and high school in Kabul. After the Communist coup of 1978, he became a refugee in Peshawar. One year later, he returned to Panjshir and began to work under Commander Masood. Fahim worked as Masood's deputy in military affairs and he commanded the Mujahideen in the northern sector.

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Second Vice President
Mohammad Karim Khalili

Mohammad Karim Khalili was born into a religious and well respected family in the Behsud district of Maidan Wardak in 1950.

After graduating from high school at his birth place, he moved to Kabul to continue his religious studies.

In 1979, Mr. Khalili joined the Sazman-i Nasr party and took active part in the Mujahiddin resistance against the Soviet occupation of this homeland. Shortly after, in 1981, Mr. Khalili became the Director of the Central Office of Nasr in Tehran, where he was responsible for coordinating international support towards the cause of the Mujahiddin. During this time, Mr. Khalili participate in a large number of international conferences and seminars on Afghanistan to gather support for struggle of the Afghan people.

In 1987, Mr. Khalili became a member of the Islamic Coalition Council of Afghanistan and, subsequently, its Speaker.

After the formation of the Mujahideen Transitional Government, Mr. Khalili served as Finance Minister. He also joined the National Unity Party (Hez-e-Wahdat) and served as a member of its Central Council and, following, the parties Resident Representative and Spokesperson in Pakistan.

With the assassination of the late Abdul Ali Mazari in 1994, Mr. Khalili was selected Chief of the Hezb-e-Wahdat party and started his resistance against the Taliban and its supporters from his stronghold in Bamiyan and the sourounding provinces. During his leadership, Mr. Khalili has reconstructed and expanded the Bamyan airport, established Bamyan Universited, build schools, clinics and hospitals, and created local markets.

With the Bonn Conference in 2001 and the beginning of the Interim Administration, Mr. Khalili halted the activities of the National Unity Party and dissolved its military branch in the interests of national unity and peace. He served as Vice-President of the country under the Transitional Government. Karim Khalili was sworn in as Second Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on December 7, 2004.

Mr. Khalili is married and has five daughters and two sons. He enjoys studying literature and riding horses.

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Senior Minister
Hedayat Amin Arsala

Hidayat Amin Arsala was born in Kabul on Jan, 12, 1942. After getting his high school diploma and he continued his education to PhD in the field of Economics in USA.

In the year 1969 he stated his professional career at the World Bank Youth Professional Program and served on different positions with the WB and in the year 1987 he left the World Bank and joined the Afghan resistance against the Red Army in Afghanistan and served as Senior Advisor and member of the Afghan Mujahideen Unity Council and was also an active member of the resistance against the Red Army till 1989.

From 1989 to 1992 he was serving as the Minister of Finance of the Transitional Government of Afghanistan outside Afghanistan. And in year 1993 he was appointed as the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan.

Mr. Arsala has worked for peace during civil war dark period of Afghanistan and as well in the reign of Taliban.

Mr. Arsala is also one of the pioneers of calling for the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan and in 1998 he was the member of Executive Council of Afghan Loya Jirga representing the Ex-Afghan King Zaher Shah, the Father of the Nation.

Mr. Arsala, from November to December 2001, has also had a major role in convening the Bonn conference resulting in the establishment of the Afghan Interim Administration and served as Vice Chairman and Finance Minister of this Administration.

After the Emergency Loya Jirga in 2002, he served as the Vice President of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan and as well as the Chairman of the Independent Civil Services and Administrative Reform Commission and advisor to the Central Statistics Office of Afghanistan, the Afghan Economical Cooperation Committee and member of the National Security Council of Afghanistan.

He has had many official trips outside Afghanistan representing the Afghan Government. Mr. Arsala is married and has 3 children.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs
DR. Zalmai Rasooul

In January 2010 Dr. Zalmai Rassoul received the confidence vote of the Afghan National Assembly to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Prior to his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul served as National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since June 2002. As National Security Adviser, Dr. Rassoul rendered a constructive role in collaborating activities of Afghan security institutions with Afghanistan’s foreign policy. Moreover, among his numerous responsibilities included conducting national threat assessments and National Security Policy. MORE

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Minister of Interior
General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi

Afghanistan.

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Minister of National Defense
Gen. Abdurrahim Wardak

Ab. Raheem Wardag son of Ab. Ghani was born in Wardag province in 1323 and after graduation from Habibia High School joined the Cadet University.

His professional field of study is in Methodic Education of Parachute, Commando and wireless. He has further studies in the United States and Ali Naser Academy of Cairo in Egypt.

He has served as a lecturer in Cadet University, Assistant of Protocol of Defense Ministry and during the years of migration as the military assistant of Muhaz-e-Milli, he was the military assistant of the tri-lateral unity, a member of Itehad-e-Mujahiddin, and commander of the Jihadi fronts of Muhaz-e-Milli. After the fall of communist regime he was a member of the security committee of Kabul City, Chief of the Army Staff, and Director of the Military Officers Society, Director of Education Commission, member of the rehabilitation of the National Army Commission, Deputy Defense Minister, Director of Disarmament Program and Director of Reform of National Army.

He has many literal works in Dar, Pashto and English.

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National Security Advisor
Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta

The new Minister of Foreign Minister, H. E. Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, was born in the province of Herat, where he completed his secondary education. He started higher education at Kabul University. In the mid-1970s, Dr. Spanta studied in Turkey, and settled in Germany in 1982 following the Soviet invasion. Foreign Minister Spanta earned a PhD from Aachen University where he also taught as a professor from 1992 to 2005. He was also in charge of the University's Third World Studies Institute. In January 2005, Dr. Spanta returned to teach at Kabul University, and later became an advisor on foreign affairs to President Hamed Karzai. His nomination as Foreign Minister was approved by the Parliament on April 20, and he was sworn in on May 2, 2006.

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Minister of Disabled and Social Affairs
Ms. Amina Afzali

H.E. Amena Safi Afzali was born in 1957 in Herat city. She completed her higher education in faculty of science of Kabul University in 1978. After she graduated, she taught at Mehri High school in Herat province. Ms. Afzali established the 'Muslim Sisters Association' overseas, continuing their activities till 1992. She then established the 'Islamic Movement of Women of Afghanistan' in Kabul in 1993, defending women's rights and providing for growth of Afghan girls potentialities as well as their involvement in political and cultural activities. Minister Afzali is also the founder of Educational and Training Centers for women, as well as the first free school in Kabul in 1994. Several publications, such as 'Rahrawan Samia', 'Al-Momenat','Paiwand', and 'Mother' were established and released under her surveillance. She returned to Afghanistan in 2002 and began to serve as commissioner with the Independent Human Rights Commission until 2004. Thereafter, she became key member of the Directorate of Cultural Foundation of Jamee. In 2004, she served as the Minister of the Ministry of Youth Affairs for one and half year until it integrated with the Ministry of Information and Culture. She also played a key role in the Readiness Commission for Peace Jirga in 2006. She has taken over the presidency of the Government High Commission for Children and Youth, as well as became a member of the board of Red Crescent Society.

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Minister of Finance
DR. Omar Zakhilwal

Dr. Omar Zakhilwal is Minister of Finance as well as Chief Economic Advisor to the President. Prior to his current position, Dr. Zakhiwal served as the President of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), a member of the Supreme Council of Da Afghanistan Bank, Acting Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, and as Chief Advisor to the Minister of Rural Development of Afghanistan.

Since 2003, Dr. Zakhilwal has been part of many initiatives pertaining to economics and development issues in the country. He was the author of the first Afghanistan National Human Development Report, released by UNDP in February 2007. He also worked as an Afghan counterpart to the Ottawa based North-South community-led development project in sustainable peace building, as well as on a number of other development related initiatives. Moreover, he has done consulting work for the World Bank, UNDP, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and other organizations.

Dr. Zakhilwal has written numerous articles in English on political, economic and social issues in Afghanistan for newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Al-Ehram and many other publications.

Dr. Zakhilwal obtained his BA (Honors), MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Winnipeg, Queen’s University and Carleton University in Canada respectively. Prior to his return to Afghanistan, Dr. Zakhilwal served as a Senior Research Economist at Statistics Canada and taught economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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Minister of Economy
Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal

H.E. Mr. Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal ‎was born in 1952 in Kabul. He earned ‎BA in Economics in 1976 and was subsequently appointed as manager at the Planning ‎Ministry in 1977. He migrated to Pakistan after the civil war broke out, returning to serve ‎as the Minister of Finance in pre-Taliban Afghanistan. In 2008, Mr. Arghandiwal was elected as chairman of Islamic ‎Party.‎ He was appointed Minister of Economy and Manpower in 2010.

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Minister of Transport
Mohammadulla Batash
H.E. Dr. Batash was born in 1961 in the Batash village of the Imam Sahib district in northern Kunduz province. He earned Master's Degree from a university in Russia in 1985. Batash served at the Faculties of History, Journalism and Social Science Institute of the Kabul University, holding the role of Dean of Journalism in the 80s. He received a Doctorate in Social Sciences in Russia and served as advisor to the Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs from 2005 to 2008 and secretary of Junbish-i-Milli. He served the LGCG as advisor since 2008, member of the Special Advisory Board on Senior Appointments; Secretary of the Jombesh General Council from 2003-5. He was appointed Minister of Transport and Aviation in 2010.
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Minister of Communication
Eng. Amir Zai Sangeen

Amir Zai Sangeen s/o Amir Gul Gul Shah Khail was born in Urgoon district of Paktika. He is married and has one daughter and three sons.

His primary education was in Urgoon and secondary in Gardez (Paktia). Then he graduated from the 12th grade of Communication Training Center. In 1972 he earned degree in Electronics and Communication from Southern London University of the UK.

He started his professional career as a teacher in Communication Training Center. From 1978 to 1980 he was the director of the named center. He migrated in 1980 and went to Sweden. He learned the Swedish Language in four Months.

He joined the working groups of that country in a short time and was one of the founding members of Swedish Committee in Afghanistan. He actively participated in development of Swedish Committee for Afghanistan; the named organization had an outstanding role in promoting education, Agriculture and health in Afghanistan throughout the past 25 years.

Ameerzai Sangeen was employed in the Communications of Sweden in 1982 and served as a team member of the communication project of Shah Khalid in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Sangeen repatriated after the 11th September incident. After his repatriation his activities have been as follows:
• Holding Training Seminars for the Engineers of Ministry of Communication and Afghan Wireless Company
• Leading of the Supervising Committee of GSM license of 2000
• Senior Advisor to the Minister of Communication from February 2003.

Mr. Sangeen was appointed as the Director of Afghan TeleCom in July, 2004 and had an effective role in formation of the company, approval of the statute; follow up of the communications projects.

He was also in charge of the creating a structure for Afghan TeleCom and interconnection and developed some new procedures in this field.

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Minister of Mines
Waheedullah Sharani

n early January 2010, Mr. Wahidullah Shahrani assumed the role of Minister of Mines, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. At the same time, due to Mr. Shahrani’s strong background and heavy in-volvement with developmental issue, he is also leading the cluster for ‘Economic Development & Infrastructure’, and inter-ministerial commission designed to coordinate and integrate all the major infrastructure programs / projects with the aim to support the private sector and increase the employment opportunities for sustainable economic growth in the country. This cluster includes ministries such Transport & Civil Aviation, Energy, Commerce & Industry, Communications & Information Technology, Public Works, Urban Development and Mines.

In late December 2008, Mr. Wahidullah Shahrani assumed the role of Minister of Commerce & Industry, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He is principally responsible for the areas of trade, industry, investment, export promotion and the overall private sector development. Until recently (Jan 2005 – Dec 2008) he served as the Advisor to the President of Afghanistan on Finance as well as the Deputy Minister for Finance (Ministry of Finance). In those capacities, he was responsible for a wide array of intricate and high-level policy matters.

Mr. Shahrani was a key interlocutor for the international financial institutions and bilateral donors. His notable achievements in economic and fiscal reform are recognized by the international community. He played an instrumental role in shaping the nation’s poverty reduction strategy – Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and balancing the policy priorities within the medium-term fiscal framework (MTFF).

He was the Alternate Governor for the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, and the World Bank. He was also the focal point of Afghanistan with all the major International development Agencies such as USAID, DFID, CIDA, BMZ, SIDA etc.

Immediately prior to those roles, Mr. Shahrani served as the First Deputy Governor of the central bank (Da Afghanistan Bank) where he was responsible for monetary policy, banking supervision, market operations as well as Alternate Governor of Afghanistan at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

While residing in U.K., he served as lecturer in Economics at the Faculty of Business & Economics, Richmond Upon Thames College, Kingston University for two years. He holds his academic qualifications in economics, banking & finance from U.K. and Pakistan.

He remains keenly interested in socio-economic research, sub-national governance, administrative reform, economic development, monetary policy and fiscal policy.

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Minister of Energy and Water
Gen. Mohammad Ismael Khan

Alhaj Mohmmad Ismael son of Haji Mohammad Aslam, born in 1327 in Naser Abad village of Shindand district of Herat, has done his primary education in Waez Kashifi high School. In 1339 he was admitted to the sixth grade of Cadet School and earned the degree of his higher education from Cadet University in 1349. He joined the division no. 17 of national army in Herat and started Jihad as the division revolted.

He was serving as Ameer of South western parts of the country in 1360.

In 1369 after the formation of interim government he acquired the military rank of a General and was appointed as the governor and commander of corps number 4 of Heart province.

In 1376 he was detained by the Taliban and spent three years in their jail, after the fall of Taliban he was again appointed as the governor of Herat and commander of the corps number 6.

Ismael Khan knows Dari, Pashto and English.

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Minister of Public Works
Dr. Suhrab Ali Safari

Suhrab Ali Safari s/o Haji Safar was born on July 5th, 1945 in Behsood District of Maidan Wardag Province. He did his primary education in his district and secondary and higher secondary education in Kabul city and Technology Intsitute of Afghan in 1957. From 1961 to 1965 in Enginnering faculty og Kabul university and from 1977 to 1982 earned the doctorate degree from Godseng Poly Technique in Poland. he is fluent in Dari, Pashto, English, Polish and knows a little German.

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Minister of Urban Development
Sultan Hussain

Sultan Hussein Hesari was Born in Kabul, studied there and graduated at the level of BS in architecture in 1980. In 1995, he did MA in architecture from the Iran National University. At the same varsity, he started his Ph.D. programme in 1998. As a consequence of conflicts and political changes, he was resettled in Denmark in 1999. He resumed his Ph.D. programme at Aalborg University, Department of Architecture & Design (2004-6). A member of the Association of Academic Architects (AA) and Federation of Danish Architects, he has worked on a string of projects in Iran and Afghanistan besides serving as a lecturer in the neighbouring country. A prolific writer, he has contributed several articles to foreign publications.

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Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation
Mohmmad Asef Rahimi

Mohammad Asef Rahimi is currently the Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture of Afghanistan. Rahimi was born in 1959 and raised in Kabul, and obtained a degree from Kabul University before completing post-graduate studies at Omaha University in Nebraska. Rahimi moved to Canada in 2001, and returned to Afghanistan in 2005, where he joined the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, spearheading rural development and infrastructure regeneration. He was appointed to his current posting on October 11, 2008 and was confirmed by the National Assembly of Afghanistan nine days later. Part of his Ministry's efforts have been focused on reducing opium production in Afghanistan, which is seen as critical to Afghanistan's development.

Asia Times reported that on November 17, 2009, two employees of the Ministry of Agriculture, had the home they shared with their extended family raided by American special forces.

Asia Times reported that the surviving cousin Majibullah Qarar had reported the capture and disappearance of the other ministry employee Habib-ur-Rahman, and the shooting of two other cousins, Hamidullah and Azim. A denunciation of Habib-ur-Rahman had triggered the raid. He was a computer expert who had traveled to Kuwait to study Computer Science, and his denunciators claimed he had been influenced by al Qaeda, while there.

Asia Times reported that the Minister of Agriculture had personally appealed to the Americans for the release of his employee.

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Minister of Justice
Habibullah Ghaleb

Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib was born on 7 May 1940 in Qazi Khail village, District of Kohistan of Kapisa Province. The second eldest son of Mawlavi Mohammad Omar Kohistani Ghalib, a prominent Judge and Attorney- at-law, Minister Ghalib spent his primary school years in Gulbahar area of the province before moving onto the Abu Hanifa Theological High School. In 1960, he was admitted to Kabul University, majoring in Islamic Studies and Law.

Having completed his B.A. degree in 1964, he joined the Ministry of Justice at the beginning of what turned to become a life-time career. Between the years 1967 - 1969, Minister Ghalib went to Egypt to pursue his Graduate Studies at Al Azhar University of Cairo. He did his M.A. in Comparative Islamic Jurisprudence and Law, and thereafter registered -- as a Ph.D., candidate -- his Dissertation titled "The Legality of Crime and Punishment", only to return to Afghanistan at the request of the Ministry of Justice.

He resumed his career as Chief of the office of the Minister, and later as Senior Adviser to the Department of Legislation and the Institute of Legislative Affairs. Minister Ghalib was serving as Deputy Attorney General for Investigation and Petitions when the nation was cast into political upheaval in 1979. He was put behind bars for several months and an ensuing year-long house arrest. He re-joined the Justice Ministry following release. Facing imminent re-arrest, however, he fled the country and took refuge in neighboring Pakistan, where he began serving the Afghan refugees in varied capacities. He teamed up with a group of intellectuals, who, together, established the "Cultural Council of Afghanistan Resistance", an influential organization broadly involved in promoting the educational, scholastic and cultural interests of the Afghan refugees and of the greater Afghan cause.

Minister Ghalib then went on to serve at the head of Madina Monawara orphanage and of Department of Education of the orphanages run by Asra Charity, teaching as university professor in the meantime. Years later, upon formation of the Interim Government in Exile, Mr. Ghalib was called upon to assume the office of Director General of Legislation Department of the Ministry of Justice.

He returned to Afghanistan in 1992 upon coming into power of the new government and was named as Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Supervision of Implementation of the Law and Director General of the Department of Protection of the Law and Legal and Judicial Affairs. In late 2001, pursuant to the establishment of the Interim Authority and within the course of the subsequent years, Minister Ghalib held diverse portfolios with the Transitional and elected governments. He served as a member of the Independent Legal and Judicial Reform Commission, and Chairman of the Committee on Reform of the Laws.

He then entered the Legal Consultative Board to the President of Afghanistan as a member, and later on as Chairman of the said Board, while simultaneously holding the position of Senior Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Justice.

Mr. Ghalib was nominated for the post of Justice Minister by President Karzi on January 14, 2010, whereupon he won confirmation by the nation's Parliament. He assumed his duties as Minister of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on January 19th, 2010.

Minister Ghalib has been involved in efforts for peace initiated by the former King of Afghanistan under the aegis of the United Nations, attending its successive gatherings held in Quitta-Pakistan, Bonn and Rome.

He also has attended respective conferences on drafting the Constitution and formation of Government convened in Switzerland and Washington, D.C. As well, Mr. Ghalib has been a member of the Constitutional Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly).

Minister Ghalib has paid working visits to Saudi Arabia, Sudan, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the United States, and Canada.

He has conducted scientific research with the Attorney General Office, the Police, and Prison and Correctional Services in Egypt and Turkey.

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Minister of Higher Education
Sarwar Danesh

Mohammad Sarwar Danesh son of Mohammad Ali was born in a religious family in Eshtarlai village, Daikundi province in 1340. He did his primary education in the local school, and completed his higher education at different academic centers in Iraq, Syria and Iran. He holds a BA degree in law, a certificate in journalism, a BA degree in Islamic Culture and Education, MA degree in Islamic Jurisprudence and an unfinished doctorate in Islamic Jurisprudence.

Mr. Danesh has published fifteen different books. He has also published more than 700 essays in the country’s publications. He has run various journals in the country between 1361-1380.

Mr. Danesh has served in the following capacities over the past three years:
Delegate to and active participation in the Emergency Loya Jirga of Jawza 1381, member of the Constitutional Drafting Commission and the Constitution Finalization Commission, participation in the Constitutional Loya Jirga. Following the creation of Daikundi province at the beginning of this year, Mr. Danesh was appointed as the province’s first governor through a presidential decree of the President of the Islamic Transitional State of Afghanistan.

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Minister for Culture and Youth Affairs
Dr. Sayed Makhdum Rahin

Dr. Rahin was born in Kabul in 1325. Following the completion of his education in Afghanistan, he travelled to Tehran for the purpose of obtaining his MA and Doctorate degrees. He obtained his doctorate in Dari literature from Tehran University in 1352. He worked as a professor at Kabul University after his return to the country. Later, he served as Dirctor of the Culture and Arts Department at the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Dr. Rahin was a member of the Constitutional Drafting Commission during the Daud Khan’s presidency. He was a participant in the Loya Jirga of 1356. He immigrated to Pakistan after the Saur Revolution.

He served as Special Advisor in the Interim Government of Hazrat Mojadedi. A contemporary poet and prominent writer, Dr. Rahin has conducted research in the field Islamic Culture, Literature, Hisotry and Rule. In 1377, Dr. Rahin was accepted as a member of the Executive Committee of the Loya Jirga in Rome, and from then on participated in all the activities related to the Loya Jirga until the convening of the Bonn Conference. He also continued his work as Chairman of the Peace and Democracy Association for Afghanistan and participated in several gatherings. Dr. Rahin was appointed Minister of Information and Culture during the Interim Authority, and was elected Chairman of the Kabul Citizens’ Council in September 2003. At the request of the President (Karzai), Father of the Nation awarded him the the Service Medal for his work in the area of freedom of expression and culture.

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Minister of Public Health
Dr. Suraya Dalil

No biography at this time.

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Minister of Haj and Religious Affairs
Mohammad Yousuf Neyazi

Dr. Mohammad Yousuf Niazi, born in ‎Kama district of Nangarhar province in 1959, received early education from the Betab ‎School and Imam Abu Hanifa Seminary in Kabul. He went to Saudi Arabia for higher ‎education and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sharia from the Islamic University in ‎Madina. He did Masters and Doctorate work in Islamic Studies from the Umm Al-Qura ‎University, where he also served as a teacher in 2001.‎ From 1996 to 2000, he served at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Saudi Arabia. H.E. ‎earned several letters of appreciation and medals related to his work. Fluent in Pashto, Dari ‎Arabic and speaks English. He is the author of several books in these three languages.

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Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs
Arsala Jamal

Arsala Jamal, a former Governor of Khost: Appointed governor in August 2006; born in 1966 in Paktika. Served previously as Chief Program Coordinator for Water and Sanitation at the Ministry of Rural Reconstruction and Development. Graduated with a degree in economics from a university in Indonesia or Malaysia. His Prior work experience included several jobs in the NGO community, such as CARE International, and he remains heavily focused on grass-roots development issues. In 2003 he worked on Afghan Stability Program with the MOI, and later served in MRRD as the chief Program Coordinator for Water and Sanitation and Emergency Response Coordinator in MRRD prior to appointment as Governor of Khost.

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Minister of Women’s Affairs
Husn Banu Ghazanfar

Husn Banu Ghazanfar, daughter of Abdul Ghafar, was born in Balkh on February 1st, 1957 (Dalwa 1336 on the local calendar). She graduated from Sultan Razia High School in Mazar-e-sharif and obtained her BA and Master's Degree on Literature and Sociology from Stawarpool Qafqaaz in 1362. Later the same year, she became the scientific cadre of the Literature Faculty of Kabul University.

After two years of service as a lecturer at the faculty of literature at Kabul University, she went to Petersburg to obtain her Doctrine on Philology. In 1382, she was appointed Head of the Literature Faculty and was working in this post until she was appointed Minister of Women's Affairs. Ms. Ghazanfar has also been a member of the High Council of the Ministry of Higher Education, of the Speranto International Association of Women, the International Association of Turk Zabanan and member of the Board of Directors at the Hakim Naser Khesro Balkhi Association.

Ms. Ghazanfar is fluent in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and Russian, and has basic skills in Turkish and English. Her scientific articles and essays have been published in national as well as international newspapers. She is a poet, and has published the books "The Human Fate," "Predations in the 21st Century", "The Secrets of Beauty and Attraction", and translated the book "Self Realization."

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Minister of Rehabilitation and Rural Development
H.E Jarullah Mansoori

H.E. Jarullah Mansoori was born in Takhar province and graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Development Economics from the Islamabad International University in 2000 Pakistan. He subsequently earned his Master’s degree in Political Science from Islamabad International University, Pakistan in 2003.

Prior to his nomination as a ministerial candidate, Mr. Mansoori held the post (2008-2010) of Deputy Director General of the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) of the Government of Afghanistan. His main responsibilities under this position involved policy oversight and alignment and ensuring NEPA was able to contribute to and support the implementation of globally recognised policies and practices. Mr. Mansoori also participated in the development of regulatory tools covering statutory, legal and operational procedures aimed at reducing the exploitation of natural resources and the improvement of improvement of environmental conditions in Afghanistan. In addition, Mr Mansoori promoted the initiation of regional initiatives around trans-boundary natural resource protection including the promotion of a PEACE park in the Wakhan corridor with China, Tajikistan, Pakistan, the environmental assessment of AMU DARYA for industrial effluents, and military legacy and exchange of environmental information / data between the Ministry of Environment – Tajikistan and NEPA.

Mr Mansori began his association with NEPA in 2005, when he joined as the Legal Advisor and Chief of the Staff. As Legal Advisor to NEPA he supported and facilitated all legal issues within the context of Environmental Affairs, along with other sectoral strategies and cross verification with the Environmental Act of the Afghanistan. The position also involved performing the role of Interim Executive Secretary for the Afghanistan High Commission on Atomic Energy (AHCAE) and national focal point for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

From 2004 to June 2005, Mr Mansoori was a Consultant Expert with UNODC providing technical legal and political advice to ensure an informed and substantive output. In this capacity, he supported the legislative process of the adoption of legislation against terrorism and transnational organized crime in Afghanistan, through providing legal advice to legislators and legislative drafters. Mr. Mansoori also had oversight of the process of technical legal and political advice to criminal justice practitioners on the implementation of the new legislation against terrorism and transnational organized crime, amongst other responsibilities.

Mr. Mansoori commenced his contribution to the public sector in 2003 as Senior Socio-Economic Advisor to Minister of Justice (MoJ). The remit of this post involved providing advice to His Excellency, the Minister of Justice on all policy and strategy levels within the context of international human rights, national laws and within the Islamic virtues of Human Rights including Sharia Law.

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Minister of Refugees Repatriation
Abdul Rahim

NO image or biography at this time.

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Minister of Commerce and industries
H.E. Anwarul Haq Ahadi

No biography at this time

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Minister of Education
Ghulam Farooq Wardak

Farooq Wardag was born in Wardag Province of Afghanistan in 1959. His primary education was from a government elementary school in Wardag Province and completed his high school in Kabul City.

In 1982, Farooq Wardag was admitted to the Faculty of Pharmacy in Punjab University, Pakistan and graduated with a degree in 1986. While working with the United Nations from 1996 to 2001 in Pakistan, he received a masters degree in Administration from Preston University, Peshawar, Pakistan.

• 1986 - 1991: He worked with The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan as a health officer.
• 1996 - 2001: United Nations Development program in Peshawar, Pakistan.
• 2002 - 2004: worked as Director of the Constitutional Commission Secretariat and later the Secretariat of the Constitutional Loya Jirga, the grand Assembly that ratified the constitution.
• 2004 - 2005: he was appointed as Director of the Joint Election Management Body’s Secretariat (a UN and Afghan Government body), organized the first voter registration process and first ever presidential election.
• 2005: Was appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Director General of Office of Administrative Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
• 2006: Was appointed as the Minister of State for Parliamentary
• 2008: Was appointed as the Minister of Education in Afghanistan.

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Minister of Counter-Narcotics
Zarar Ahmad Moqbel
Since late 2009, Zarar Ahmad Moqbel has been the Minister of Counter Narcotics under President Hamid Karzai. Previously, he served as the Interior Minister for 3 years (September 30, 2005 - October 11, 2008), until he was replaced with Mohammad Hanif Atmar. President Karzai tried to appoint him instead as the Minister of Refugees after a cabinet shuffle on October 11, 2008, however, Moqbel did not show up to his confirmation by the Parliament, and later said that he did not want the job. Moqbel was also an active member of the resistance against the Taliban movement. Moqbel is from Afghanistan's northern province of Parwan, and interestingly enough, he headed President Karzai's 2009 presidential re-election campaign in that province.
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