Elections 2018

The Elections 2018 section is a special project of Reporterly that looks to elections’ latest stories, news, big stories and the post-elections phase. Through Elections 2018, we provide our audience with an Afghan perspective of elections and report on the ground issues related to elections through our indigenous sources.


  • 4 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (23): Path of 3 Lawmakers from Samangan and Badakhshan Provinces

    Makhdum Abdalullah Mohammadi

    Makhdum Abdalullah Mohammadi was born in 1977 in Ruyi Du Ab district of Samangan province. He completed his studies in Islamic Religious Studies in 2007.

    After his father’s killing, Mr. Mohammadi wasn’t able to continue education for a while, but in 2009 he entered Sharia faculty of Kabul University and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2013.

    Prior to his candidature to parliamentary elections from Samangan province, Mr. Mohammadi had been busy with social activities. He has also worked in the presidential palace during Hamid Karzai government. It was then that upon the request of people of Samangan he nominated himself for Afghan Parliament.

    It is the second time that he entered Afghan parliament representing people of Samangan. In previous term of the house, he served as secretary of Complaints Commission of House of Representatives.

    Mr. Mohammadi says his father was member of Islamic and National Revolution Movement of Afghanistan led by Mohammad Nabi Mohammadi, but he does not hold membership in any political party.

    Sadeqa Adib

    Sadeqa Adib daughter of Ghulam Rabbani was born in 1990 in Gangom Qul village in Kasham district of Badakhshan province. She graduated from Naw Abad Gangom Qul Female School in 2009. Ms Adib obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sharia from Salam University.

    After her graduation from university, Ms Adib has served as lecturer in a Teacher Training Collage. She is fluent in Dari, Uzbeki and Arabic Languages. It is the first time that Ms Adib has entered House of Representatives. Ms Adib is an ethnic Uzbek and holds the membership of National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan.

    Fazal Azim Mojaddedi

    Fazal Azim Mojaddedi son of Ghulam Hujatullah Mojaddedi was born in 1958 in Qala Gonbad village in Jurm district of Badakhshan province.

    Mr. Mojaddedi completed his primary and high school education in Jurm district. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Geology faculty of Kabul University in 1980. He also studied in Jamaluddin Afghan Higher Education Institute.

    Mr. Mojaddedi served in government after his graduation from university. In 1993 he was appointed as director of 10th NDS directorate of Afghanistan.

    During Resistance in north of the country, he served in the political spheres of the Resistance Front, and after fall of Taliban, he was appointed and served as director of 10th NDS directorate of Afghanistan. He has entered the parliament for a third time with the votes of Badakhshan people.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

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  • 1 Aug 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of the Afghan House of Representatives (37): Path of 5 Representatives from Kabul & Kuchi Constituency

    Habiburahman Sayyaf: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Habiburahman, son of Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, was born in April 1981. He graduated from the  Hara school and attained both his bachelors degree in management and masters degree in jurisprudence and law  from private universities in Kabul.

    He has served as a chairman of the youth of Dawat-e-Islami Afghanistan for many years and has also been active in political, social, cultural and civil activities. He held the responsibility of organising academic seminars as well.

    Mr. Sayyaf has taught law, political science and Sharia at university level. He also served as the dean of Law and Political Science faculty at a university.

    His other work experience includes being the chief editor of Dawat-e-Islami Radio and Television and the director of Ofuq Center for Strategic Studies.

    He has been a candidate from the Dawat-e-Islami political party.

    Mr. Sayyaf is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he has been elected to the Afghan parliament.

    Hamida Ahmadzai: Lawmaker from Kuchi Constituency

    Hamida Ahmadzai was born in 1982 in Kabul city. Ms Ahmadzai is originally from Pol Alam district of Logar province. She also served as a member in the 16th round of parliament and has been member of the Kuchi, tribal and refugees Commission of the house.

    Ms Ahmadzai completed her school at the Nahid Shaheed High School in 2005. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in law and political science from a private university in Kabul.

    She has been member of the Emergency and Consultative Loya Jirga. Ms Ahmadzai has also been active in education sector as a member of the monitoring team at Logar Directorate of Education and as a deputy of women’s affairs in the province.

    She additionally served as the one in control in Kabul zone for approving the constitution.

    Ms Ahmadzai is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the second time that she has secured a seat in the Afghan parliament from the Kuchi constituency.

    Najibullah Nasir: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Najibullah Nasir was born in 25 November 1981 in Nimruz province. Mr. Nasir obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law from a university in India.

    He has served as the head of Nimruz Provincial Council for five years. Mr. Nasir has also worked as an advisor to thr presidential palace during the National Unity Government. He has also worked as a chairman of Naserian Tribe of Afghanistan. He is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the second time that he was elected to a seat in parliament.

     

    Mohammad Khan Ahmadi: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Mohammad Khan Ahmadi was born in 1982 in Kabul province. He has received religious studies and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sharia. Mullah Mohammad Gul Ahmadi is an ethnic Pashtun. He has been an independent candidate and is a new face in the Afghan parliament.

    His brother, Mawlawi Tarakhel Mohammadi, has served in the 15th and 16th rounds of parliament but couldn’t manage to secure a seat in this round of the Afghan house of Representatives. Mr. Ahmadi has also served in the High Peace Council for two years.

    Shah Wazir Tarakhel: Lawmaker from Kuchi Constituency

    Shah Wazir Tarakhel was born in 1990 in Kabul city. Mr. Tarakhel graduated from school in Kabul city. Mr. Tarakhel then earned his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political science. He has also studied in Police Academy. Mr. Shah Wazi Tarakhel is also an ethnic Pashtun who has been an independent candidate in parliamentary elections.

    He also served as the Kabul General Directorate of Staff, chief of PD21 of Kabul city and also at Kabul.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 30 Jul 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of the Afghan House of Representatives (36): Journey of 10 Representatives from Kabul, Ghor, Faryab, Herat, Takhar and Kuchi Constituency

    Seyad Taha Sadiq: Lawmaker from Herat

    Sayed Taha Sadiq was born in 1989 in Herat province, and completed his school in Herat province. He then obtained his bachelor’s degree in the field of Management and Commerce from India and received his master’s degree in Urban Analysis and Management from a University in Italy.

    He is an ethnic Tajik and competed as an independent candidate for the parliamentary elections from Herat. Prior to entering the Afghan house of representatives, Mr. Sadiq had worked in a government department in the financial and administrative sector. He had also been involved in social work.

    Abdul Zahir Tamim: Lawmaker from Ghor

    Abdul Zahir Tamim was born in 1981 in a religious family in Madrasa village, Feroz Koh, which is the the capital of Ghor province.

    He began his education from the same village and tool lessons in Holy Quran. He later emigrated to Iran where he continued his education and memorized the holy Quran. Upon the establishment of Interim government in Afghanistan, he returned to thr country and began his 10th grade at the Abu Hanifa school in Kabul. After clearing the Kankor examination, he bagged a seat in the Sharia faculty of Herat university and obtained his BA in Fiqah and law in 2009.

    His work experience includes working in the Neda-e-Zan organization and in the election commission. He also served as a district governor of Taywarah district, Ghor province for seven years. He is an ethnic Tajik and has been an independent candidate in 17th round of parliament.

    Nangyali Lawang: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Nangyali Lawang was born in 1988 in Ghazni province. He graduated from the Khwaja Abdullah Ansari school and holds two bachelor’s degree in Literature and Economics. He also obtained his master’s degree in International Relations.

    Mr. Lawang is a new entrant in 17th round of parliament. He had previously been involved in business operations and had also served at the Directorate of Education for Kuchis. He was a member of the Kuchis Youth Parliament.

    Mr. Lawang competed as an independent candidate from the Kuchis constituency in this round of Afghan parliament.

    Sufi Abdul Razaq Istalifi: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Sufi Abdul Razaq Istalifi was born in 1956, in Istalif district of Kabul city.

    He graduated from the Istalif school in 1973 but could not manage to pursue his higher education due to war and emigration. Sufi Abdul Razaq Istalifi is an ethnic Tajik and he has been elected to the Afghan parliament for the first time.

    He has also served at the people’s council in Istalif district.

    He doesn’t hold membership in any political party and is an independent candidate.

     

    Fida Mohammad Ulfat Saleh: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Fida Mohammad Ulfat Saleh was born in 1986 in the Bagrami district of Parwan province. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from thr Swiss University’s Dubai branch.

    Mr. Sahel is an ethnic Tajik and has been elected to the Afghan house of representatives for the first time. He was previously involved in business operations.

    He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and is an independent candidate.

     

    Hashmatullah Arman: Lawmaker from Faryab

    Hashamtullah Arman, son of Abdulsamad, was born in 1988 in Faryab province. He received his primary education in Faryab province. After the war began in the country, he and his family moved to Turkmenistan where he continued his education and graduated from school.

    Like his father, Mr. Arman was ran a business and was involved in importing oil and other goods such as flour. He is from the Aimaq tribe.

    Rasul Khan Kuchi: Lawmaker from Kuchi Constituency

    Rasul Khan Kuchi was born in 1982 in the Bagrami district of Kabul province. He is a graduate in Economics.

    He is a new entrant in the Afghan parliament from the Kuchi constituency.

    Prior to getting elected to the parliament, he ran a business. He is from the Ahmadzai tribe and is an independent candidate.

    Sayed Babur Jalam: Lawmaker from Faryab

    Sayed Babar Jamal was born in 1984 in Faryab province. He completed his school at the Afghan-Turk school in Mazar-e-Sharif in 2000.

    Mr. Jamal earned his bachelor’s degree from the Polytechnic University in 2006.

    Sayed Babar Jamal is an ethnic Tajik and it is the first time that he won a seat in the Afghan house of representatives. Before getting elected to the parliament, he had a construction company and ran operations there.

    He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and competed as an independent candidate for the parliamentary elections from Faryab province.

    Shahpoor Popal: Lawmaker from Herat

    Shahpoor Popal was born in 1967 in Herat province. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law in 2017.

    Popal is an ethnic Pashtun and has secured a seat in the Afghan parliament for the first time. He had previously served as the chairman of Popal Tribes Council.

    Mr. Popal doesn’t hold membership in any political parties and is an independent candidate.

    Ghulam Sarwar Saadat: Lawmaker from Takhar

    Ghulam Sarwar Saadat was born in 1969 in Warsaj district of Takhar province. Due to the war in Afghanjstan, Mr. Saadat wasn’t able to attend any formal school but managed to receive religious education in Kunduz, Takhar. He later obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sharia in 1992.

    He is an ethnic Tajik and it is the first time that he has been elected to the Afghan parliament. Mr. Saadat has founded the Rah-e-Saadat university in Mazar-i-Sharif and also has a publication by the name of “Sadat Publication” in Kabul and Balkh provinces.

    He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and was an independent candidate for the parliamentary elections.

  • 21 Jul 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faced of Afghan House of Representatives (35): Path of 3 Representatives from Kabul Province

    Parwin Durani: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Parwin Durani, daughter of Dr. Abdulrahman Behzad, was born in 1973 in Khair Abad area of Chahar Asyab district of Kabul city. She has been elected to the Afghan House of Representatives for the third time.

    She pursued her education till 7th grade in Shindand town of Herat province but earned her 12th grade diploma from a school in Kabul.

    She immigrated in Iran where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from a university of the country. Ms Durani also earned another degree in the same field from a private university in Kabul in 2018.

    She has also taught Afghan Constitution to refugees. Ms Durani has been involved with business operations too and is an ethnic Pashtun and has been an independent candidate.

    She has served as a deputy and secretary at refuges and repatriation commission of parliament during the 15th and 16th rounds of House of Representatives. She plans to serve at the Telecommunication commission in this term of parliament.

    Qazi Mir Afghan Safi: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Qazi Mir Afghan Safi was born in 1975 in Laghman province. He has completed school in 2003 in Kabul city and obtained his bachelor’s degree in law from Kabul University in 2009.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and has been an independent candidate for parliamentary elections. Prior to entering Afghan parliament, Mr. Safi was involved in business operations. He has also served as the head of Afghanistan Money Exchange Union.

    Haji Khan Mohammad Wardak: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Haji Khan Mohammad Wardak was born in 1984 in Saydabad district of Maidan Wardak province. He graduated from Saydabad high school in 2003. Mr Wardak earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kabul University in 2008.

    Mr. Wardak had a keen interest in the military and prior to studying his course in Economics, he has studied in the military for one year.

    He has been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time and prior to this, he was busy in business operations. Mr. Wardak has also been active in social and public work.

    Mr. Wardak established his company in 2004 by the name of Hewad Dost Group which has been active in transportation. He also founded another company “Khan Steel” four years ago which was inaugurated a year ago by president Ghani.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and has been an independent candidate.

  • 23 Jun 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (34); Path of 10 Representatives from Kabul, Helmand and Logar Province

    Mir Amanullah Guzar

    Mir Amanullah Guzar, son of Mir Abdullah, was born in 1962 in Mir Bacha Kot district of Kabul province.

    Mr Guzar graduated from the Mir Bacha Koot School and decided to not pursue higher education thereafter. He worked as a commander of the Jamiat-e Islami and since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001, Guzar has also worked with the Afghan National Police.

    He was first appointed as the Eighth Division Commander during the interim transitional state of Afghanistan and later assumed the post of commander of the Northern Highway Patrol. He has been a chairman of the Kohdaman Council as well.

    Mir Amanullah Guzar is an ethnic Tajik and it is the second time he entered the Afghan parliament. He has been an independent candidate from Kabul.

    Erfanullah Erfan: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Erfanullah Erfan, son of Mohammad Roz, was born in 1970 in Farza district of Kabul.

    Mr. Erfan completed his religious education in one of the private schools in 1990 and then obtained his bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence and law.

    His experience includes being a professor of Islamic studies at the Kabul Medical University, serving as a teacher at Imam Ghazali High School in Peshawar and Maskinia Faza Madrasa and finally as a teacher at Farza high school.

    It is the second time that he entered the House of Representatives. In the previous round of parliament, he served as the deputy secretary of Wolesi Jirga. He has been an independent candidate from Kabul city.

    Anwar Khan Oryakhail: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Anwar Khan Oryakhail, son of Asadullah Khan, was born in 1356 in Qarabagh district of Kabul.

    Mr. Oryakhail completed his primary education at the Bagh Alam School and his secondary education at Qara Bagh High School in 1977.

    Mr. Oryakhail has been a jihadist commander and the deputy chairman of the Council of Students throughout Afghanistan.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the third time that he entered the Afghan parliament. Mr. Oryakhail has been an independent candidate from Kabul.

    Ramazan Bashardost: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Ramazan Bashardost, son of Mohammad Ali, was born in 1961 in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province.

    Mr. Bashardost holds a Ph.D. in law from France’s Toulouse University. Bashardost has worked in the UN Department of Afghanistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. In 2003, he was appointed as the director of the European and Western Political Affairs Department in the ministry.

    He has also served as the minister of planning.

    Mr. Bashardost is an ethnic Hazara and it is the third time that he entered the House of Representatives. He has been an independent candidate.

    Obaidullah Kalimzai: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Obaidullah Kalimzai, son of Kalimullah Khan, was born in 1978 in Saydabad district of Wardak province.

    Mr. Kalimzai obtained his bachelor’s degree from Medical faculty of the Kabul University in 2005.

    It is the second time that he won a seat in the Afghan parliament. In the previous round of the house, he served as a member of the Communication Commission of parliament.

    Alhaj Allah Gul Mujahid: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Alhaj Allah Gul Mujahid, son of Haji Sher Gul, was born in 1964 in Kabul province. Mr. Mujahid holds a 12th grade diploma.

    He served as Jihadi commander in the surrounding of Deh Sabz Kabul city. He had also been involved in business operations. Mr. Mujahid has served as the head of the Social Council of People of Deh Sabz district since 2009.

    It is the second time that he entered the Afghan parliament. In the previous round, her served as  a member of the Complaints Commission of  the house.

    Abdulaziz Hamayon Harirod: Lawmaker from Parwan

    Abdulaziz Hamayon Harirod was born in 1968 in Parwan province.

    He holds two bachelor’s degrees in Engineering, and Law and Political Science respectively. He is also the founder of the Harirod Construction Company.

    Mr. Hamayon Harirod is an ethnic Tajik and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate.

    Shegofa Nawrozi: Lawmaker from Helmand

    Shegofa Nawrozi was born in 1992 in Helmand province.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law, Management and Diplomacy.

    It is the first time that she entered the Afghan parliament. Ms Nawrozi doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate from Helmand province.

    Ghulam Hussain Naseri: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Ghulam Hussain Naseri, son of Ali Juma, was born in 1955 in Maidan Wardak province.

    Mr. Naseri earned his bachelor’s in Law and Islamic Philosophy. He then served at the Bamyan Regional Office of Afghan Human Rights Commission for one year. He has also worked for two years at the Independent Election Commission’s main office in Kabul (legal department). Mr. Naseri also served as a spokesperson of the Hezb-e-Wahdat Islami Afghanistan party’s decision-making council in Tehran, Iran (1997-2002).

    Mr. Naseri is an ethnic Hazara and it is the second time that he entered the House of Representatives from Kabul. In the previous term of parliament, he represented the people of Maidan Wardak province. Mr. Naseri doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate from Kabul.

    Shah Poor Khan Hussainzai: Lawmaker from Logar

    Shah Poor Khan Hussainzai was born in 1958 in Logar province.

    He studied in school till the 7th grade.

    Prior to entering the Afghan parliament, he had been busy with business operations.

    Mr. Hussainzai is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate for parliamentary elections from Logar province.

  • 17 Jun 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (33); Path of 13 Lawmakers from Kabul, Herat, Faryab, Kandahar, Helmand, Logar and Nangarhar Provinces

    Sayed Azim Kabrzany: Lawmaker from Herat

    Sayed Azim Kabrzany, son of Abud Ali Shah, was born in 1981 in Herat province.

    Mr. Kabrzany graduated from Mawlana Abdulrahman Jami school of Herat province in 2001. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Herat University in 2005.

    Mr. Karbzany has previously served at the Herat Provincial Council and also has served as a volunteer lecturer at private universities Herat University.

    He runs a charity organization called Nabi Rahmat (PBUH) and in addition to these activities, he has contributed to cultural initiatives in a “Publishers and Booksellers association”.

    He is from the Sadat tribe and it is the first time that he entered the Afghan parliament. Mr. Karbzany doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Haji Mohammad Hashim Khan: Lawmaker from Faryab

    Haji Mohammad Hashim Khan was born in 1960 in second district of Maimana city of Faryab province.

    He completed primary school at Jamiat Afghan Kot school of Maimana city, but graduated from Harbi (military) school of Kabul city. After completing military school, Haji Mohammad Hashim Khan joined the Army Technical Academy. He graduated as an officer from the Academy in 1981. Mr. Khan served in the military for a while, after which he commenced his business and transit works.

    It is the second time that Haji Mohammad Hashim Khan entered the parliament. In the previous term, he served as a member of the National Finance Commission and also as a deputy of the Commission for two years.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and has been an independent candidate for parliamentary election.

    Khalil Ahmad Mojahid; Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Khalil Ahmad Mojahid was born in Arghandab district of Kandahar province.

    Mr. Mojahid holds a bachelor’s degree.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time he entered House of Representatives. Mr. Mojahid doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Ruhollah Khanzada: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Ruhollah Khanzada was born in 1971 in Dand district of Kandahar province.

    Mr. Khandaza obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Tolo-e-Aftab Institute of Higher Education.

    Prior to entering parliament, he had been busy with business operations.

    Ruhollah Khanzada is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Abdul Rauf Eshpon: Lawmaker from Nangarhar

    Abdul Rauf Eshpon was born in Nangarhar province. He holds a 12th grade diploma.

    Prior to entering the parliament, he had been busy with business activities.

    Mr. Eshpon is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He is a member of National Islamic Front of Afghanistan.

    Khalid Momand; Lawmaker from Logar

    Khalid Momand, son of Haji Ali Mohammad, was born in 1982 in Logar province.

    He graduated from the Hazrat Khail school in Pakistan and received his 14th grade diploma from Ghazanfar Institute. Mr. Momand then earned his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Maihan Institute of Higher education in 2015.

    Prior to nominating himself in the parliamentary election, Mr. Mohmand worked in the health sector. He was the owner of a clinic and a private pharmacy in Kabul city and has provided health services for the people.

    Khalid Momand is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

     

    Haji Ghulam Wali Afghan: Lawmaker from Helmand

    Haji Ghulam Wali Afghan was born in 1986 in Nawa district of Helmand province.

    He graduated from Khalij school in 2006. Mr. Afghan then earned his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Arakozia University in Helmand province.

    Before nominating himself to parliamentary elections, Mr. Afghan had served in several units of the Afghan Army.

    Mr. Afghan is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Mohammad Zafar Sadiqi: Lawmaker from Helmand

    Mohammad Zafar Sadiqi was born in 1956 in Nawmish district of Helmand province.

    He studied in school till 8th grade in Nawmish district.

    It is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. Prior to his candidature for parliamentary election, Mr. Sadiqi had been busy with business operations.

    He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate for parliamentary election. Mr. Sadiqi says that his ethnicity is mentioned as Tajik in ID card (Taskira) but he is a Shia and from a tribe called Bashlami.

    Zuhra Nawrozi: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Zuhra Nawzori was born in 1987. She earned a 14th grade diploma from the Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan Teacher Training College and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Law from a private university.

    She has worked as a journalist and presenter in two media outlets for 12 years. She is the director of Organization for Bright Future of Afghan Women.

    Ms Nawrozi is an ethnic Hazara and it is the first time that she entered the House of Representatives.

    Fatima Nazari: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Fatima Nazari, daughter of Chaman Ali, was born in 1980 in Kabul city.

    She completed school from the Chahar Qala Chahar Dehi High School. Ms Nazari then obtained her bachelor’s degree in Law from Kabul University in 2001.

    She served as the Director of the Women Affairs Directorate of Maidan Wardak province and had been a member of the Constitutional Loya Jirga. Ms Nazari is also the founder of Rabia Balkhi University and the head of Khaharan Hajar Association.

    Fatima Nazari is an ethnic Hazara and it is the third time she won a seat in the Afghan parliament. In the 16th round of parliament, she had served as a member of the Commission on Immunities, Rights and Privileges of Afghan parliament. Ms Nazari doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate for parliamentary election from Kabul city.

    General Nazifa Zaki: Lawmaker from Kabul

    General Nazifa Zaki was born in 1963 in Faiz Abad district of Badakhshan province.

    Ms Zaki graduated from Makhfi Badakhshi school in 1981 and received courses in the National Academy.

    She served as a prosecutor in the the Deputy’s Office of the Attorney General and also as the Head of the Women’s Council in the Office of the Attorney General. Ms Zaki also served in the ministry of interior.

    It is the second time that she entered the Afghan parliament and she has been an independent candidate. She served as a member of pf Internal Security Commission in the 16th round of parliament.

    Shinkai Karokhail: Lawmaker from Kabul

    Shinkai Karokhail, daughter of Ghulam Hassan, was born in 1962 in Khak Jabar district of Kabul province. She completed an English course at National Institute for Modern Language in Islamabad city of Pakistan.

    Ms Karokhail is the founder of Shahid Wali Khan school in Pakistan where she served as a teacher as well. She has worked as caretaker of children and dependent women department and been an in-charge of the communication officer of Afghan Women’s Education Center.

    It is the third time that she entered the Afghan parliament as representative of Kabul province. In the 16th round of parliament, she had served as a member of the Finance and Budget and Banking Commission of parliament. Ms Karokhail has been an independent candidate from Kabul.

    Fawzia Naseryar, Kabul

    Fawzia Naseryar, daughter of Ghulam Dastgeer, was born in 1970 in Kabul city. Ms Naseryar completed her secondary education at Ayesha Durani school in 1984 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1991 from Kabul university.

    Prior to her candidature for the Afghan parliament, Ms Naseryar worked for 20 years at Afsotar company as well as in Ariana Afghan Airlines.

    It is the second time Ms Naseryar entered house of presentative. In the previous term she served as a member of the National Budget Commission. She has been an independent candidate from Kabul province.

  • 13 Jun 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (32): Journey of 16 Representatives from 8 provinces and Kuchis Constituency

    Mohammad Nasim Modabir: Lawmaker from Baghlan

    Mohammad Nasim Modabir was born in 1979 in Kunduz province.

    Mr. Modabir completed school at Khatam-al Anbiya school in Pol-e-Khomri in 2001. He studied Curative Medicine at Kabul University and obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2009. Mr. Modabir has previously served as chairman of Andrabi People’s Council in Baghlan province.

    Mohammad Nasim Modabir is an ethnic Tajik and it is the first time he entered the House of Representatives. Mr. Modabir doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Haider Jan Naimzoy: Lawmaker from Kuchis Constituency

    Haider Jan Naimzoy, son of Haji Naim Khan Kuchi, was born in 1978 in Logar province.

    Mr. Naimzoy completed school at Bibi Amina school in Peshawar city. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Maiwand Institute of Higher Education in 2018.

    Mr. Naimzoy is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the third time he entered the Afghan parliament representing Kuchis (nomads).

    In the previous rounds of parliament, Mr. Naimzoy served as a member of the Kuchis, Tribal, Immigrants and Repatriates Commission of the house. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Habibulrahman Afghan: Lawmaker from Kuchi Constituency

    Habibulrahman Afghan, son of Kheial Mohammad, was born in 1966 in Kapisa province.

    Mr. Afghan has studied in a private religious school and he served as a Jihadi commander from 1981 to 1992, and also as a commander of thr 56th combat regiment of NDS from 1992 to 1997.

    It is the second time that Mr. Afghan entered the Afghan parliament. In the previous round of parliament, he served as a member of the Kuchis, Tribal and Immigrant Commission.

    He is former member of the Hezb-e-Islami.

    Aryan Yoon: Lawmaker from Nangarhar

    Aryan Yoon was born in 1976 in Nangarhar province and completed school at the Amina Fadoy high school. Ms Yoon earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Literature from Kabul University.

    This is the third time that Ms Yoon entered the Afghan parliament. In the previous rounds of the house, she served as a member of the International Commission. Ms Yoon has also served as a university lecturer.

    She is an ethnic Pashtun and has been an independent candidate.

     

    Parwiz Arabzada: Lawmaker from Kunduz Province

    Parwiz Arabzada was born in 1985 in PD5 of Kabul city.

    He finished his elementary school education at Ispin Kalai school and completed high school at Ghulam Haidar school in 2012. Mr. Arabzada then earned his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Tabesh University in 2015.

    He had been a businessman before he entered the House of Representatives. Mr. Arabzada is from the Arab tribe.

     

    Asadullah Shahbaz: Lawmaker from Baghlan

    Asadullah Shahbaz was born in 1983 in Baghlan-i-Markazi District.

    He graduated from a private university in Baghlan province in 2012 holds a bachelor’s degree in Law.

    He has previously served as a member of the Baghlan Provincial Council for two rounds. Mr. Shahbaz was an independent candidate for the 17th round of Afghan parliament and is an ethnic Pashtun.

    Haji Mohammad Sadiq Qadiri: Lawmaker from Herat

    Haji Mohammad Sadiq Qaridi was born in one of the northern provinces of Afghanistan.

    Mr. Qadiri is currently an undergraduate student in law. Prior to entering the Afghan parliament, he had been busy with business operations.

    Haji Mohammad Sadiq is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he entered his he parliament representing people of Herat province. He was an independent candidate for the parliamentary election.

    Fazal Karim Aimaq: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Fazal Karim Aimaq, son of Abdul Rahim was born in 1952 in Baghlan province.

    Mr. Aimaq completed school in 1970 from the Sheberghan High school of Kunduz province and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law from Kabul University.

    Mr. Aimaq also fought in the Front during Jihad and has worked at the Spinzar Company in Kunduz province. Moreover, he served as the Mayor of Kabul.

    Fazal Karim Aimaq is from the Aimaq tribe and it is the second time that he entered the Afghan parliament from Kunduz province. In the 16th round of the parliament, he served as a member of the International Relations Commission. Mr. Aimaq holds a membership in the Hezbi-islami Afghanistan.

    Mohammad Akbar Sultan Zada: Lawmaker from Sar-e Pol

    Mohammad Akbar Sultan Zada, son of Haji Mohammad Ibrahim, was born in 1986 in Shahr-e naw of Sar-e Pol province.

    Mr. Sultan Zada completed school at Balkh province. After graduation from school, Mr. Sultan Zada started a business between Afghanistan and Central Asia.

    Mohammad Akbar Sultan Zada is an ethnic Tajik and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He was an independent candidate from Sar-e Pol province and doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Razia Sadat Mangal: Lawmaker from Paktia

    Razia Sadat Mangal, daughter of Nek Mohammad, was born in 1973 in Sayid Karam district of Paktia province.

    Ms Mangal graduated from the Aemas school of Islamabad in 1989. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in Banking and Accounting from Wiley Collage.

    Ms Mangal is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the second time that she entered the parliament representing people of Paktia province. She has been an independent candidate for the parliamentary elections and doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    In the 16th round of the parliament, Razia Sadat Mangal served as a member of the Religion and Cultural Affairs, Education and Higher Education Commission of parliament.

    Mohammadullah Batash: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Mohammadullah Batash was born in 1961 in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.

    He completed school in 1978 from the Imam Sahib Male School of Kunduz province. Mr. Batash then obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Law and Political Science from one of the universities in Russia. Mr. Batash stepped up to earn his doctorate degree from Moscow in 1994.

    Mr. Batash has served as a Legal Advisor to the presidential palace and the independent directorate of local governance. He has also served as the governor of Faryab province for three years.

    Mr. Batash has worked at different senior positions at the Ministry of Transport and has also served as the deputy, acting minister and also the minister of Ministry of Transport.

    Mr. Batash is an ethnic Uzbek and it is the first time that he entered the Afghan parliament. He holds a membership of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan.

    Farzana Kuchi: Lawmaker from Kuchis constituency

    Farzana Kuchi was born in 1992 in Baghlan province. Although Ms Kuchi hails from Parwan, she completed her school at Baghlan province in 2011.

    She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from a private university. Ms. Kuchi has worked in the government as well as many civil society organizations with a focus on women economic empowerment and human rights.

    Ms Kuchi is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that she entered the House of Representatives with votes of Kuchis. She doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Engineer Mohammad Arif Noorzai: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Engineer Mohammad Arif Noorzai was born in 1958 in Kandahar province.

    He graduated from the Al-Biruni school of Kabul city. He was then an undergraduate fellow in the Engineering field at Polytechnic University, but when the conflict began in Afghanistan, he joined the Front to fight Soviet Union.

    During the period of Islamic State of Afghanistan role led by Burhanuddin Rabbani, Mr. Noorzai served as the commander of 7th Division. In the 16th round of the parliament, he served as the first deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    Mohammad Arif Noorzai is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the second time that he entered the parliament. He doesn’t hold any membership in political parties.

    Nazifa Yousofi Bek: Lawmaker from Takhar

    Nazifa Yousofi Bek was born in 1986 in Takhar province. She graduated from the Tajrobavi high school of Mazar-i-Sharif.

    Ms Yousofi then earned her bachelor’s degree in Science from the Education Faculty of Balkh province.

    Prior to entering politics, she served as a lecturer at the Teacher Training College of Takhar province.

    It is the first time that Nazifa Yousofi Bek entered the House of Representatives. She doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate from Takhar province.

    Nilofar Jalali Koofi: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Nifolar Jalali Koofi, daughter of Abdullah, was born in 1984 in Kabul province. Ms Koofi completed her school from the Abulqasim Firdausi school. She then earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Mahatma Gandhi University of India.

    Ms Koofi has worked in various construction companies and in different capacities. She also worked as the deputy director of Darwaz Reconstruction and Services Company, as the Vice-chairman of Construction and Logistics Services Company of Sofi Brothers, as the chairperson of Golf Construction and Logistics Service Company and also as the chairman of Al Zahra Charity Foundation.

    Nilofar Jalali Koofi is from the Sadat tribe and it is the first time that she entered the House of Representatives. She doesn’t hold membership in any political parties.

    Mohammad Azim Mohsini: Lawmaker from Baghlan

    Mohammad Azim Mohsini, son of Mohammad Hassan, was born in 1974 in Baghlan province. Mr. Mohsini graduated from Sangaran high school and earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Baghlan university in 2007. Mr. Mohsini then served in the military over a decade. He is also the chairman of Pamir Company.

    It is the second time that he entered the House of Representatives from Baghlan province. He served as a member of the Finance and Budget Commission in the previous round of parliament. Mr. Azim Mohsini doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate from Baghlan province.

    Eltaf Hussain Amiri contributed reporting

  • 28 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (31); Path of 4 Representatives from Logar, Baghlan, Kunduz and Paktia Provinces

    Homa Ahmadi: Lawmaker from Logar

    Homa Ahmadi, daughter of Sayed Ahmadi, was born in 1975 in Sayed Habibullah village of the center of Logar province.

    Ms Ahmadi graduated from Ayesha Durani school and obtained her first bachelor’s degree in Law in 2015, followed by her second bachelors in science in 2018. She has worked in local and international organizations since 1992.

    She served as a member of the Logar Provincial Council for two rounds. She was a member of the Traditional Loya Jirga and also the Constitutional Loya Jirga. Ms Ahmadi served as the secretary in two peace Jirgas as well. She had additionally been in charge of Women’s Affairs at Logar People’s Council.

    Ms Ahmadi is an ethnic Sadat. She has been an independent candidate for parliamentary election from Logar province.

    Nasib Moqbel: Lawmaker from Paktia

    Nasib Moqbel, son of Samar Gul, was born in 1988 in Samkani district of Paktia province.

    He completed primary and elementary school at Samkani school but finished high school at Gerami school of Paktia province in 2013. He graduated from the Teacher Training College of Paktia province in 2016.

    Prior to his candidature for parliamentary elections, he had been a businessman and was involved in business operations in Pakistan and Kazakhstan.

    Mr. Moqbel is an ethnic Pashtun. He is a new face in this new term of the Afghan parliament and has been an independent candidate from Paktia province.

    Shukria Eisa Khail: Lawmaker from Baghlan

    Shukria Eisa Khail, daughter of Eisa Khail, was born in 1967 in Pol-e-Khomri city of Baghlan province.

    She completed school at Pol-e-Khomri and obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from Baghlam University in 2005. She taught at public schools for 20 years. Her other work experience include, being member of Emergency Loya Jirga, serving as an employee of the Constitutional Commission Office in Baghlan, and working as a trainer at the Election Commission.

    Ms Eisa Khail also served as a member of the Peace Jirga as well as a member of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Jirga. She has also served in the 16th round of parliament. She was a member of the Internal Security Commission of Afghan parliament.

    Haji Omar Khan: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Haji Omar Khan, son of Haji Mohammad Ana Khan, was born in 1954 in Kunduz province.

    He graduated from Sher Khan school of Kunduz province in 1971 and proceeded to entering the Education department of Kunduz province.

    Mr. Omar Khan passed a special exam which helped him enter the Engineering Faculty of Polytechnic University. After a year of his studies, (7th Sawr Coup) he joined the Fronts with Mujahedin.

    He also served as a representative of the people of Kunduz in the 15th and 16th rounds of parliament.  In previous term of the house, he served at the International Relations Commission.

    Omar Khan is an ethnic Pashtun and has been an independent candidate for the 17th round of parliamentary election.

  • 27 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (30): Journey of Eight Lawmakers from Seven Provinces

    Mariam Solaimankhail: Lawmaker of Kuchis zone

    Mariam Solaimankhail was born in 1984 in the state of California, United States.

    Ms Soliamankhail obtained her bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication in 2007. Prior to entering Afghan parliament, she served as the head of the International Relations division of President’s Office of Administrative Affairs. She also served as a senior advisor to the Ministry of Mines.

    Ms Soliamankhail is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time she entered the House of Representatives. She doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate from Kuchi’s zone.

    Habibur-rahman Pedram: Lawmaker from Herat

    Habibur-rahman Pedram was born in 1986 in Herat province. He completed school at Saifi school of Herat in 2003. Mr. Pedram earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Herat University in 2013.

    Mr. Pedram has been active in press & media and worked at Herai TV Herat, Asia TV Herat and Jawana TV of Herat province.

    It is the first time he won a seat in Afghan parliament representing people of Herat. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate for parliamentary elections from Herat province.

    Kamal Safi: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Kamal Safi, son of Sodagir, was born in 1973 in Dasht-e Archi district of Kunduz province.

    Mr. Safi graduated from Abdullah-ibn Masood school in Pakistan. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Punjab. He then earned his master’s degree in Management and Leadership from United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

    Mr. Safi has been active in social work. He worked in the UNOPS as Regional Officer from 2001 to 2006. He also owns a construction company named SSDA.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the second time he entered Afghan parliament as representative of Kunduz people. Mr. Safi doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Mohammad Din Hamdard: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Mohammad Din Hamdard was born in 1963 in Kunduz province.

    Mr. Hamdard graduated from Naderia High School in 1984. When he immigrated to Pakistan, he studied at the Agriculture and Engineering Institute in Peshawar city. He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Dawat University in 2012.

    Mr. Hamdard was elected as senator of the people of Kunduz province in the 16th round of the upper House of Parliament. He also served as the in charge of the Kunduz People’s Council in Kabul for three years.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and entered the Afghan parliament with votes of people of Kunduz. Mr. Hamdard doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Qamar Bano Akbari Nuristani: Lawmaker from Nuristan

    Qamar Bano Akbari was born in 1993 in Nuristan province.

    Ms Akbari completed school at Chahar Qala Chahar Dehi High school of Kabul city. She earned her BA in Curative Medicine. Ms Akbari has not been involved in political activities so far.

    Her work was mainly centred on medical and social sectors.

    Qamar Bano Akbari Nuristani is an ethnic Tajik and entered the Afghan parliament for the first-time representing the people of Nuristan province. She doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been in an independent candidate.

    Mohammad Karim Atal: Lawmaker from Helmand

    Mohammad Karim Atal was born in 1989 in Helmand province.

    Following completion of his primary school education, he immigrated to Pakistan due to war and after two years he returned to Afghanistan. He completed school in Helmand high school in 2004. Mr. Atal obtained his bachelor’s degree in Administration and Diplomacy from Kabul University in 2009.

    Prior to entering parliament, he served as a member of the Helmand provincial council. Mohammad Karim Atal is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time he entered the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Shah Khan Sherzad: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Shah Khan Sherzad was born in 1988 in Kunduz province.

    Mr. Sherzad graduated from Bakhtar High School in Balkh in 2005 and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Delhi University in 2010. He obtained his master’s degree in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Planning and Management in 2012.

    Before he was elected as representative of Kunduz province in parliament, Mr. Sherzad had been involved in small scale oil and gas trading.

    Shah Khan Sherzad is from Qarloq tribe and it is the first time he entered the parliament as a representative of people of Kunduz province. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Sanjar Kargar: Lawmaker from Faryab

    Sanjar Kargar, son of Abdul Halim, was born in 1975 in Faryab province.

    He completed school in Jawzjan province in 1991. Mr. Kargar earned his BA in Pharmacy from Anadolu University, Turkey in 2000 and obtained his master’s degree in International Relations in 2018.

    Mr. Kargar had also been active in cultural and social work during his studies. He served as a diplomat in Iran and Turkey and was an incharge of Afghan refugees in Afghanistan’s consulate in Mashhad for three years. He also served as a representative of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health for three years in Ankara, Turkey. He was an advisor in the presidential palace as well.

    Sanjar Kargar is an ethnic Uzbek and it is the first time he entered the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

  • 26 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (29): Path of Five Lawmakers from Kunduz, Baghlan and Kandahar Provinces

    Mamoor Ahmadzai: Lawmaker from Baghlan

    Mamoor Ahmadzai was born in 1988 in Pol-e-Khomri, the center of Baghlan province.

    Mr. Ahmadzai completed his primary school education in Baghlan province and his higher school in Parwan province in 2013. He earned his bachelor’ degree from Maiwand Institute of Higher Education in 2017.

    Mr. Ahmadzai has been a businessman and also served as chairman of the People Council of Parwan province. He is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time he entered Afghan parliament as representative of people of Baghlan province. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Dr. Mahmood Khan Nusrat: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Dr. Mahmood Khan Nusrat, son of Haji Mohammad Khan, was born in 1980 in Dand district of Kandahar province.

    Mr. Nusrat completed school at Al-Beroni High School of Kandahar province. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Curative Medicine from Kabul University. Professionally, he has served as advisor to the United Nations and as a doctor at Mirwais Hospital.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the second time he entered House of Representatives form Kandahar. In the previous term of parliament, he served as a member of the International Relations Commission.

    Dr. Mahmood Nusrat Khan has been an independent candidate for parliamentary election.

    Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi was born in the Imam Sahib district of northern Kunduz province in 1962. He finished his primary education at Basus Middle School in Imam Shabib district and later studied at a madrassa until 12th grade in Takharistan, Kunduz.

    He earned his BA in the Arabic Department of the Literature Faculty at Kabul University. He joined the Hezb-e Islam Mujahedin group when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Following the Mujahidin’s victory, he was appointed as Shir Khan Dry Port director in 1993. Subsequently, he was appointed as the commander of 3rd southern border police zone.

    After the collapse of the Taliban regime, Mr. Ibrahimi worked as a commander of border police in 2002 before being elected as an Emergency Loya Jirga member the same year. Mr. Ibrahimi is an ethnic Uzbek and it is the third time he entered Afghan parliament representing people of Kunduz.

    He served as member of the internal security Commission Affairs in the 15th round of parliament. He was elected and served as speaker of Wolesi Jirga in thr 16th round of parliament. He is a member of Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan party.

    Sayed Ahmad Khadem: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Sayed Ahmad Khadem was born in 1985 in Kandahar province. Mr. Khadem completed school at Sofi Sahib School in 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Maiwand Institute of Higher Education in 2018.

    Before he was elected as lawmaker for the Afghan parliament, he served as a member of Kandahar Provincial Council.

    Sayed Khadem is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time he entered parliament representing people of Kandahar province. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties and has been an independent candidate.

    Fatima Aziz: Lawmaker from Kunduz

    Fatima Aziz, daughter of Abdul Aziz, was born in 1973 in Kunduz province.

    Ms Aziz graduated from Kunduz Girls’ School in 1987. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Maternal-foetal Medicine from Kabul University in 1993. Ms Aziz has worked in the Maternal-foetal Medicine field for 12 years.

    She has worked in the UNHCR and was also a member of the Emergency Loya Jirga.

    Fatima Aziz is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the third time she won a seat in Afghan parliament. She has served as a member of the National Finance Commission in the 16th round of parliament. Ms Aziz doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

  • 19 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (28): Path of 15 Representatives from 9 Provinces

    Yar Baz Hamidi: Lawmaker from Paktia

    Yar Baz Hamidi was born in 1980 in the center of Paktia province. He graduated from Abdul Hai Gardezi high school in 2001. Then he entered the medical faculty of Nangarhar University and obtained his specialization in orthopedics in 2008. Mr Hamidi went to India to pursue his master’s degree. He received his master’s degree in orthopedic in 2012. Prior to his candidature to the Afghan parliament, Mr Hamidi served as a consultant to the Ministry of Public Health. He also served for a while at Wazir Abkar Khan Hospital as an orthopedic specialist. Mr Hamidi is an ethnic Pashtun and from Mangal tribe.

    Mohammad Iqbal Safi: Lawmaker from Kapisa

    Engineer Mohammad Iqbal Safi, son of Sayed Aqa, was born in 1969 in Hesa Duwum Kohistan district of Kapisa province. Mr Safi graduated from Mahmood Raqi high school. He was active in Jihad against the former Soviet Union. Mr Safi has also served as in charge of finance of Front during Jihad period as well as a Jihadist commander. After Victory of Mujahideen, he served as chief of staff of the then Prime Minister.

    He has obtained his bachelor’s degree in Literature from Kabul University and his master’s degree in Law and Political Science. He is an ethnic Pashtun and member of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan. He has also served in 15th and 16th rounds of the Afghan parliament. Mr Safai has served as head of Defense Commission of parliament.

    Mr Safai served in Finance Committee during the 16th round of parliament. He was a member of Emergency Loya Jirga as well. It is the third time Mr Safai has entered the Afghan parliament representing people of Kapisa province.

    Ahmad Shah Ramazan: Balkh

    Ahmad Shah Ramazan was born in 1969 in center of Balkh province.

    He graduated from Bakhtar high school of Balkh province in 1989. Mr Ramazan has earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a university in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. He has been busy with business operations for 20 years. Mr Ramazan is an ethnic Hazara and has been an independent candidate in the 17th round of Afghan parliament. In the 15th round, he served as a member of Senate (The House of Elders or Mesherano Jirga) and also as a member of Afghan house of representatives in the 16th round of parliament. He has been a member at National Economic Commission.

    Hazrat Ali: Lawmaker from Nangarhar

    Hazrat Ali was born in 1964 in Qarghayi district of Laghman province.

    Mr Ali holds a 12th-grade diploma. He is an ethnic Pashayee. It is the third time Hazrat Ali has entered the Afghan House of Representatives. He has served as a member in the Internal Affairs Commission in the 16th round of parliament.

    During the Soviet Union War in Afghanistan, Mr Ali served as a commander of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan Yunus Khales branch.  Mr Ali has worked in different positions. He served at Nangarhar Airfield Command, 201th Silab Corps of Nangarhar, Nangarhar Police Headquarters, as head of the Jihad Council of Eastern Provinces. He also served as chairman of Pashaie Council Tribe of Afghanistan as well as in charge of Mujahideen Council in eastern part of Nangarhar.

    Bismillah Jan Mohammad: Lawmaker from Uruzgan

    Bismillah Jan Mohammad was born in Deh Rawood town in Deh Rahwod district of Uruzgan province. He completed school at Mullah Ahmad school in 2013. Prior to his candidature to parliamentary elections, he served as head of district council of Uruzgan province. Mr Jan Mohmmad is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t hold membership in any political parties.

    Faridoon Khan Momand: Lawmaker from Nangarhar

    Faridoon Momand, son of Ferozuddin, was born in 1968 in Goshta district of Nangarhar province.

    He graduated from Khushal Khan high school in 1988. Mr Momand has attended courses and most of the seminars of Ministry of Defense. He served as commander of company No. 818 of Afghan National Army from 1986 to 1987, as deputy commander of 563 brigade from 1987 to 1989 and as commander of 568 battalion of Army from 1989 to 1990. Mr. Momand served as head of the border and tribal affairs of Nangarhar province from 2001 to 2004. It is the third time he entered the Afghan House of Representatives.

    Batur Dostum: Lawmaker from Jawzjan

    Batur Dostum, son of Abdul Rashid Dostum, first vice-president of Afghanistan, has entered the Afghan parliament for the first time.

    He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Turkey. Mr Dostum also earned his master’s degree from the Gazi University of Turkey. Batur Dostum is the head of the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan in the northern part.

    He is a senior advisor to the Youth Movement and has participated in most of the official trips of government representing his father. He is also the head of Dostum Foundation and Director of Batur TV.

    Mohammad Reza Khoushak Watandost: Lawmaker from Herat

    Mohammad Reza Watandost, son of Alhaj Didar Ali, was born in 1977 in Khushak village in Ashtarlay district of Kaykundi province. Mr Watandost completed school in 1998 at Shaheed Modares school in Iran. He obtained his BA in Business Administration from the Azad University of Iran. He has been busy with business operations in Herat province and also chaired a business company called “Sabzak”.

    Mohammad Reza Watandsost is an ethnic Hazara and it is the second time he secured a seat in the Afghan parliament. In the previous round of parliament, he served as a member of the National Economic Commission. He doesn’t hold membership in any political parties.

    Samia Azizi Sadaat: Lawmaker from Parwan

    Samia Azizi Sadaat, daughter of Sayed Mir Rahmatullah, was born in 1977 in Parwan province. Ms Azizi obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and her master’s degree in Economics from Tajikistan.

    Her work experience includes being a teacher at school and Ms Azizi and lecturer at Parwan Institute of Higher Education. She also served as a member of the commission for the implementation of the constitution and also as director of Educational Directorate of Parwan province.

    It is the third time that Ms Azizi entered Afghan parliament representing people of Parwan province. In previous rounds, she served as a member of the Education and Higher Education Commission and also Religious and Cultural Affairs Commission of parliament. Samia Azizi doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Mirwais Yasini: Lawmaker from Nangarhar

    Mirwais Yasini, son of Mawlavi Abdul Satar, was born in 1963 in Kama district of Nangarhar province. Mr Yasini earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Law from the International University of Islamabad. Mr Yasini has worked as head of red crescent, Director of Foreign Relations and Economic Evaluation of the Ministry of Finance, member of Emergency Loya Jirga, general director of Directorate of Counter Narcotics, first deputy of constitutional Loya Jirga and deputy minister of counternarcotics.

    It is the third time that Mr Yasini entered the house of representatives. In the 15th round of house he served as deputy of Speaker of the House of People and in the 16th round of house as a member of Education and Higher Education Commission and Religious and Cultural Affairs Commission of parliament. Mr Yasini is a member of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan.

    Ibrahim Ghashtali: Lawmaker from Paktia

    Ibrahim Ghashtali was born in 1980 in Sayid Karam district of Paktia province. He completed school education during immigration in Pakistan at Hazrat Bilal school in Peshawar city. He entered Law and Political Science faculty of Kabul University and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2003. It is the second time that Mr Ghashtali secured a seat in the Afghan parliament. Prior to that, he worked as Capacity Building Manager of the HR Department of Telecom Regulatory Authority of Afghanistan (ATRA).

    Mr Ghashtali has been active in the cultural sphere. He is the chief and editor of a magazine called “Pam”. Mr Ghashtali doesn’t hold membership in any political parties and has been an independent candidate for the parliamentary election. He is an ethnic Pashtun and from Mangal tribe of Paktia province.

    Halima Sadaf Karimi: Lawmaker from Jawzjan

    Halima Sadaf Karimi was born in 1995 in Darzab district of Jawzjan province. Ms Karimi obtained her bachelor’s degree in Law from Balkh University in 2015. She is passionate about writing and poetry and has been doing both since her school period. She has served as a member of Jawzjan provincial council as well. Halima Sadaf Karimi is a new face in the Afghan house of representatives and has been an independent candidate.

    Baktash Ishchi: Lawmaker from Jawzjan

    Baktash Ishchi, son of Ahmad Ishchi, was born in 1978 in Khwaja Du Koh district of Jawzjan province. Mr Ishchi graduated from Ibn-i- Yamin Shaberghani school. He went to Turkey in 1997 to pursue his higher education. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Istanbul University.

    In addition to his studies in International Law, he served as a secretary at International Association of Turkmen of Afghanistan. He has played an active role in the establishment of Aydin Association in Afghanistan. Mr Ishchi returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban and assumed a job at the Ministry of Finance. After a while, he resigned from ministry and pursued a path in business works. He is an ethnic Uzbek and was an independent candidate for parliamentary election from Jawzjan province and it is the first time he entered Afghan parliament.

    Shahnaz Ghawsi: Lawmaker from Herat

    Shahnaz Ghawsi, daughter of Sultan Ahmad, was born in 1967 in Herat province. Ms Ghawsi completed school at Zarghona high school of Kabul city in 1986. She earned her BA in Language and Literature from Herat University in 2010. Ms Ghawsi obtained her master’s degree in Business Administration from Islamic Azad University Afghanistan Kabul in 2015.

    Ms Ghawsi has served as Senator and deputy of Commission on International Relations of the upper house (Mesherano Jirga) from 2010 to 2014. She also served as a member of Herat Provincial Council from 2006 to 2009. Ms Ghawsi has worked as manager of Herat Kindergartens as well as a presenter of National Radio and Television in Herat. Shahnaz Ghawsi is an ethnic Tajik and it is the first time she entered the Afghan parliament representing people of Herat province. She has been an independent candidate and doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Engineer Mohammad Alam Qarar: Lawmaker from Laghman

    Engineer Mohammad Alam, son of Malik Wali Mohammad, was born in 1959 in Alingar district of Laghman province. He graduated from Sayid Shaikh Mohammad Alingar high school in 1976.

    He later pursued his studies in engineering faculty of Kabul University and continued till the third year. Mr Qarar has served as leader of Hezb-e Islami in the eastern zone. He is also a tribal leader.

    Mr Qarar served as Police Chief of Laghman province and also as a member of Constitutional Loya Jirga. He also served at Afghan House of Representatives in the 15th round of parliament. In the 15th round of parliament, Mr Qarar hasd been a member of the Internal Affairs Commission.

  • 14 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (27): The Journey of 13 Representatives from Daikundi, Maidan Wardak, Herat, Samangan, Ghor, Parwan and Kandahar Provinces

    Fariba Ahmadi Kakar: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, daughter of Haji Ali Ahmad, was born in 1975 in Kandahar province. Ms Ahmadi received her primary school education at Aino school of Kandahar in 1989.

    During her first term in the parliament, she gave an exam at the Directorate of Secondary Education of Kabul city which helped her receive her 12th grade diploma in 2011. Ms Kakar earned her BA in Law from Tolo-e Aftab Institute of Higher Education in 2018.

    After the fall of Taliban, Ms Kakar worked with the Afghan Planning Agency (APA) for four years.

    She is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the third time that she entered the Afghan parliament. In her previous term of parliament, she served as a member of Communication Commission. She doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Gul Ahmad Kamin: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Gul Ahmad Kamin was born in 1984 in Kandahar province. He graduated from Afghan-Turk school in Kandahar in 2006.

    Mr. Kamin then earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and obtained his master’s degree from India in 2014.

    He has been active in civil society as well as social activities since his school period. He was given the best student award in 2011.

    Mr. Kamin is also the founder of a charity organization. It is the first time that he secured a seat in the House of Representatives. He doesn’t hold membership in any political parties.

    Sayed Muqtada Miran: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Sayed Muqtada Miran was born in 1985 in Kandahar province. He completed primary and secondary education in Zahir Shahi school in 2007.

    Mr. Muqtada holds two bachelor’s degrees, both of which he obtained from India. He earned his first BA in Economics in 2012 and his second BA from the Indira Gandhi University in political science.

    Mr. Miran has worked in a construction company for two years. He later worked as a manager of the physical education department in Kandahar province for three years.

    It is the first time that Muqtada Miran entered the Afghan parliament representing people of Kandahar province. He doesn’t hold membership in any political parties.

    Hamida Akbari: Lawmaker from Maidan Wardak

    Hamida Akbari’s hometown is Bihsud district of Maidan Wardak province, but she was born in Kabul city. Ms Akbari completed her school at Rabia Balkhi school and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 2015. She also holds a master’s degree in Economics and Development that she obtained in 2018.

    After graduation in Engineering, Ms Akbari worked in United Nations Human Rights Commission.

    She is an ethnic Hazara and it is the second time that she secured a seat in the parliament. In the 16th round of Afghan house of representatives, Ms Akbari served as a member of the Budget and Finance Commission. She doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Abdul Ahad Durrani: Lawmaker from Maidan Wardak

    Abdul Ahad Durrani was born in 1958 in Jalrez district of Maidan Wardak province.

    Mr. Durrani holds 12th grade diploma and completed school in Maidan Wardak province.

    He has been active in Jihad since the war with the Russians until 1992.

    Mr. Durrani is an ethnic Pashtun. It is the second time that he entered the Afghan parliament representing people of Maidan Wardak. In his previous term of house, he served as a member of the Internal Security Commission.

    Abdul Ahad Durrani is member of Islamic Dawah Party of Afghanistan.

    Mohammad Mahdi Rasikh: Lawmaker from Maidan Wardak

    Mohammad Rasikh, son of Mohammad Hasham, was born in 1985 in Day Mirdad district of Maidan Wardak province.

    He is an ethnic Hazara and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives. He has been an independent candidate.

    He has graduated from a private school in Kabul city and then obtained his BA in philosophy and sociology in 2013. He received his master’s degree in Sociology in 2017 from one of the private universities of Kabul city. He had been a social and cultural activist in Kabul and Maidan Wardak before be entered the House of Representatives. He also owns a private school in Kabul.

    Shirin Mohsini

    Ms Shirin Mohsini is from Daykundi province and was born in 1980 in Sharistan district of Daykundi province. She graduated from Bent-Huda school in Daykundi province in 2001. Ms Mohsini obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sharia and Law from a private university in Kabul city.

    Ms Mohsini is an ethnic Hazara. She had also participated in the Emergency Loya Jirga as well as the Constitutional Loya Jirga. She has served in 15th and 16th rounds of parliament as a representative of Daykundi.

    She had been a teacher for four years before 2000 and in the 2018 parliamentary elections, she was a candidate of Hezb-e Wahdat-e Islami Afghanistan and entered parliament with votes of people of Daykundi for the third time.

    Abdul Rahman Wardak

    Abdul Rahman Wardak was born in 1981 in Jaghatu district of Maidan Wardak province.

    He graduated from Sidiq high school in Peshawar city. Before he was elected as representative of Maidan Wardak in Afghan parliament, he had been busy with transportation and logistics.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun. Mr. Wardak is an independent candidate for 17th round parliamentary elections from Maidan Wardak.

    Fatima Kohistani

    Fatima Kohistani, daughter of Mohammad Qurban is from Lal Wa Sarjangal district of Ghor province. She has a master’s degree in Law and she has also worked in international organizations including United Nations Agencies in Afghanistan.

    She is an independent candidate in the 17th round of parliament. Fatima Kohistani is an ethnic Hazara. She is a new face in the Afghan parliament, although her father has also served as representative during the 15th and 16th rounds of parliament.

    Hayatullah Samangani

    Hayatullah Samangani who has been an independent candidate from Samangan province is a new face in the parliament.

    He joined the Afghan National Police Academy in 2005 and obtained his bachelor’s degree in the field in 2008. He has served at the Police Command of Samangan province from 2010 to till June 2018.

    Rahima Jami

    Rahima Jami was born in 1973 in Injil district of Herat province.

    Ms Jami, who had also served as representative of Herat in 15th and 16th round of parliament, once again won a seat in the new term of Afghan House of Representatives.

    She completed school at Mehri school in Herat province and studied mathematics and physics at Teacher Training Collage of Herat province. Ms Jami obtained her BA in Law from Kabul University in 2015.

    Her work experience includes, being a teacher and principal at Mehri high school in Herat and also a member of the Emergency Loya Jirga. In her two previous terms of parliament, Ms Jami served as a member and also a secretary of the International Relation Commission of House.  She is an ethnic Arab.

    Mir Rahman Rahmani

    Mir Rahman Rahmani, son of Haji Qalandar Khan, was born in 1962 in Bagram district of Parwan province.

    He graduated from Bagram School in 1979 and pursued his higher education in Russia. Mr. Rahmani earned his degree from one of the Russian military universities in 1982.

    His work experience includes, being head of social council of people of Bagram, rendering service in Afghan army from junior positions to being a General. Mr. Rahmani also worked as head of the chamber of commerce and industries of Parwan province.

    In addition to serving in parliament, he is busy with business operations as well. He had served in the National Economics Commission in 16th round of parliament.

    Freshta Farhang and Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 11 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (26): Journey of 10 Representatives from Paktika, Balkh, Farah, Helmand, Sar-e Pol and Badakhshan Provinces

    Soraya Akbari: Lawmaker from Paktika

    Soraya Akbari was born in 1989 in Paktika province.

    Ms Akbari completed her primary education in Qari Nek Mohammad school, formerly known as Taheia Maskan school, and graduated in 2007. Ms Akbari holds two bachelor’s degrees. She obtained a BA degree in Pharmacy from Kabul University in 2010 and proceeded to earn her second BA degree in Sharia from a private university in Kabul in 2017.

    When she graduated in pharmacy, she started a job at the Cure Hospital in Kabul working as a pharmacist. She later served as a lecturer at a medical institute. During her work, Ms Abkari had also been student of Sharia in a private university. Upon graduation, she began her teaching career at private universities and institutions where she served as Sharia subject lecturer.

    Ms Abkari is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time she entered Afghan parliament. She doesn’t hold membership in any political parties.

    Sayed Zahir Masroor: Lawmaker from Balkh

    Sayed Zahir Masroor, son of Sayed Nadir Shah, was born in 1979 in Balkh province.

    In 2002, Mr. Masroor graduated from Bakhtar school of Mazar-i-Sharif. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Law from Khatam Al-Nabieen University in 2010. Mr. Masroor has served as an in-charge of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan in Balkh since 2002. His work experience also includes activities in the sphere of party and politics.

    He is an ethnic Sadat and it is the second the time that has entered Afghan parliament representing people of Balkh. In the 15th round of parliament he served as a member of the Complaints Commission. He is a member of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan but has been an independent candidate.

    Engineer Abdul Nasir Farahi: Lawmaker from Farah

    Engineer Abdul Nasir Farahi, son of Mohammad Wazir, was born in 1991 in village of Zer Koh in Bala Buluk district of Farah province.

    Mr. Farahi received his primary and elementary school education in No. 1 school of province. He then transferred to Abu Nasr Farahi high school of Farah and graduated in 2010. Mr. Farahi entered Herat University to earn a degree in law, but after completing a semester at the university, he was accepted to a scholarship to pursue his higher education in Turkey.

    Mr. Farahi had to study Turkish and English Languages before he could start his course of study. Firstly, he received a one-year Turkish language course to acquire the language proficiency certificate and then went to Erciyes University, Kayseri city of Turkey where he studied one-year English language Course and earned the certificate in 2013.

    Mr. Farahi earned his BA in Mechanical Engineering from Erciyes University in 2017. Due to his interest in politics, he started his studies to earn a degree in political science and international relations at Anadolu university at the same time when he was pursuing mechanical engineering.

    He obtained his BA in political science in late 2017. Prior to his educational trip to Turkey, Mr. Farahi had been a teacher who taught mathematics and physics.

    Abdul Nasir Farahi is an ethnic Pashtun. It is the first time that he entered Afghan parliament. Mr. Farahi doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Sayed Ahmad Silab: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Sayed Ahmad Silab was born in 1975 in Kandahar province.

    Mr. Silab holds two bachelor’s degrees. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in military. He also studied and earned a BA in law from Bakhtar University. Mr. Silab then served at the Kandahar Provincial Council. He also runs a charity foundation in the province where he rendered different activities for five years.

    It is the first the time that he has entered the Afghan House of Representatives. Mr. Silab doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Mirwais Khadem: Lawmaker from Helmand

    Mirwais Khadem was born in 1973 in Helmand province.

    He completed his school education at Abdul Hadi Dawi school in Kabul city. Mr. Khadem obtained his bachelor’s degree in Education from Helmand University in 2013.

    Prior to entering the Afghan parliament, he had been tribal elder in Nad-e- Ali district. He also had a social council.

    Mirwais Khadem is an ethnic Pashtun. It is the first time that he entered the parliament as representative of people of Helmand province. He doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Abdulwali Niazi: Lawmaker from Badakhshan

    Abdulwali Niazi was born in 1967 in Badakhshan province.

    Mr. Niazi completed school in Peshawar city and graduated in 1989. He also earned his bachelor’s degree in Peshawar in 1993. Mr. Niazi did not mention his field of studies.

    Prior to entering the House of Representatives, he served as a district governor of Kasham and Darayam districts.

    He is an ethnic Tajik and it is the second time that he entered the Afghan parliament representing people of Badakhshan province. In his previous term of House, he served in the Internal Affairs Commission for a while and then in Natural Resources and Environment Commission of parliament.

    Alam Khan Azadi: Lawmaker from Balkh

    Alam Khan Azadi was born in 1954 in Balkh province.

    Mr. Azadi graduated from Amir Sher Ali Khan school of Balkh province in 1971 and later served in the military.

    He is from Arab tribe and it is the third time that he won a seat in Afghan parliament as representative of Balkh province. In the 15th round of parliament, he served as a member in the Internal Affairs Commission of house and during the 16th round of parliament, he was a member of the Legislative Commission.

    He is member of Jamiat-e Islami of Afghanistan but has been elected as an independent candidate.

    Aziza Jalees: Lawmaker from Sar-e Pol

    Aziza Jalees, daughter of Saifullah, was born in 1964 in the center of Sar-e Pol province.

    Ms Jalees graduated from Khadija Jawzjani school of Jawzjan province in 1983. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Uzbek Literature from Kabul University in 1986 and earned her master’s degree in Public Policy in 2017 from Swiss UMEF University.

    Ms Jalees had been a teacher at one of the schools of Sar-e Pol province and was later appointed as general manager of Kindergartens in the province. She also served as the Director of Women Affairs Directorate of Sare- Pol from 2002 upto the beginning of 16th round of parliament.

    Aziza Jalees is an ethnic Uzbek and it is the second time that she has entered the House of Representatives with votes of people of Sar-e Pol. In her previous term of parliament, she served as a deputy and secretary of Women Affairs Commission of House.

    Aziz Jalees doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Malalai Ishaqzai: Lawmaker from Kandahar

    Malalai Ishaqzai was born in 1969 in Kandahar province.

    Ms Ishaqzai completed her primary school education in Guzarga female school, received high school education in Rabia Balkhi school and finally graduated in 1991. She went to Roshan Afghanistan Teacher Training College.

    She obtained a bachelor’s degree in law in 2015 from Tolo-e Aftab Institute of Higher Education.

    Her work experience includes teaching as well as being a headmistress at the Mahmood Tarzi school, serving as Director of Women Development Center of Kandahar as well as a principal of Zarghona school.

    She had also participated in the Emergency Loya Jirga.

    Ms Ishaqzai is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the second time that she secured a seat in the parliament representing people of Kandahar. She doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Ghulam Abbas Ibrahimzada: Lawmaker from Balkh

    Ghulam Abbas Ibrahimzada was born in 1971 in Balkh province.

    Mr. Ibrahimzada completed his primary school education in Sholgara district pursued high school education in Tajrabawi school of Balkh province in 1988. He then obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science from Rahnaward University in 2017.

    He is the chairman of Ibrahimzada Group of Company as well as the deputy of Hezb-e Wahdat-e Islami Afghanistan.

    Mr. Ibrahimzada is an ethnic Hazara and it is the second time that he entered the House of Representatives. In the previous round of the parliament, he served as a member of the National Commission for Economic Affairs.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 7 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (25): The Path of 3 Representatives from Panjshir, Laghman and Nangarhar

    Qazi Rahila Salim: Lawmaker from Panjshir

    Qazi Rahila Salim, daughter of Mohammad Qasim, was born in 1965 in Panjshir province.

    She graduated from Aryana school in 1985 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Law from Kabul University in 1988. Ms Salim has served in the Supreme Court of Afghanistan for 17 years and in the meantime, she completed her practical course too.

    Qazi Rahila Salim is an ethnic Tajik. It is the third the time that she entered House of Representatives with votes of people of Panjshir province. In the 15th round of parliament, she served as a member of Legislative Commission and in the 16th round of House she was a member and also the deputy to Commission on International Relations.

    Ms Salim participated in the Emergency Loya Jirga. She is member of Jamiat-e Islami party of Afghanistan but has been an independent candidate.

    Genral Abdulmoneer Tarakhel

    Genral Abdulmooner Tarakhel was born in 1965 in Qarghayi district of Laghman province

    When he completed primary and elementary school education, Mr. Tarakhel entered Military school in Peshawar city of Pakistan and graduated in 1983. Mr. Tarakhel joined Jamiat-e Islami of Afghanistan Military University in Peshawar and earned his degree in 1985.

    He has served as a commander of Ministry of Defense regiments and commander of several battalions in Ministry of Interior. He also served at Eastern zone borders and Nangarhar province apart from being an advisor to the Chief Executive Office.

    Mr. Tarakhel is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time he entered Afghan parliament representing people of Laghman. He holds membership of Jamiat-e Islami of Afghanistan, but has been an independent candidate.

    Amir Mohammad Yar: Lawmaker from Nangarhar

    Amir Mohammad Yar was born in 1973 in Kama district of Nangarhar province.  Mr. Yar immigrated to Pakistan during the wars in Afghanistan. He enrolled in a private school in Peshawar where he studied for several years.  He then returned to Afghanistan and graduated from school in 1995 in Jalalabad.,

    Mr. Yar studied at the ARC University at Peshawar. Mr. Yar graduated from ARC University in 1998 with a degree in Hydraulic Engineering.

    It is the second time that he secured a seat in Afghan parliament. In the previous term of parliament, he has served as head of Finance and Budget Commission for seven years, and last year he served as second deputy of the House of Representatives.

  • 5 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (24): The Journey of 5 Lawmakers from Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces

    Saima Khogyani

    Saima Khogyani was born in 1969 in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.

    Ms Khogyani graduated from Bagram district high school of Parwan province in 1989. Upon completion of school, she entered the science faculty of Kabul University and obtained her degree in 2009. Ms Khogyani earned her master’s degree in International Relations from Kateb University in 2014.

    Ms Khogyani entered the Afghan parliament for the third time representing people of Nangarhar province. In the two previous terms, she represented people of Nangarhar in Afghan Parliament.

    “At first round of my work at Afghan parliament, I served as head of Committee on Civil Society and Human Rights of parliament, but after a while I was appointed and served at Committee on Justice and Judiciary of House of Representatives,” Ms Khogyani said. In the previous round, she served at Environment and Mines Commission of parliament. She is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t hold membership in political parties.

    Nabiullah Baz

    Nabiullah Baz was born in 1993 in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province. He completed school in 2010 at a school in Peshawar city of Pakistan.

    Mr. Baz earned his bachelor’s degree in law and political science from American University of Sharjah in 2017. He was also a student of International Relations at American University of Afghanistan. He is an ethnic Pashtun and entered Afghan parliament representing Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan.

    Abrarullah Morad

    Abrarullah Morad was born in 1968 in Kama district of Nangarhar province. He completed his primary school education in his hometown. Mr. Morad immigrated to Pakistan in 1980 and graduated from Etihad school of Peshawar city of Pakistan.

    After school graduation, Mr. Morad joined the Mujahedin groups and returned to Afghanistan after the fall of Taliban regime. He earned his BA in Economics from Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan University in 2017.

    Prior to entering Afghan parliament, Mr. Morad served in the military. He served as deputy for border zone of Nangarhar province, and then was appointed as commander of the border region of the northeastern provinces. Mr. Morad had also served as commander for border zone of Faryab Province in 2008.

    He became a candidate for provincial council election in 2010 and after four years of service in provincial council, he was stationed as commander of border zone in Islam Qala. He later returned to Nangarhar and served at the Intelligence department of Nangarhar police headquarter.

    It is the first time that he entered Afghan parliament. He is from Momand tribe of Pashtun and entered House of Representatives as an independent candidate.

    Lailuma Wali Hakami

    Lailuma Wali Hakami was born in 1965 in Nangarhar. She graduated from Sorya High School in Kabul.

    She studied social science faculty of Kabul University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1991. Ms Hakami received her master’s degree in public administration in 2017.

    She secured a seat in Afghan parliament for the second time. Ms Hakami says that she firstly served as Committee on Finance and Budget and then served as secretary in Education and Higher Education Commission for five years. She is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t hold membership of any political parties.

    Anisa Imrani

    Anisa Imrani was born in 1975 in Kunar province.

    Ms Imrani studied at Bagram High School and graduated in 1987. Anisa Imrani then studied at Social Sciences Faculty of Kabul University and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1992.

    She served as a teacher from 1992 to 1993. During Mujahideen period, she worked as a teacher at Bibi Hawa school known as Shahid Arif school. She represented people of Kunar in interim Loya Jirga in 2002. She also served as an assistant at the Office of Commission on codification of constitution. It is the first time that she has entered House of Representatives.

  • 2 May 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (22); Journey of 4 Representatives from Helmand, Takhar, Nangarhar and Badakhshan Provinces

    Nasima Niazi

    Nasima Niazi is one of the re-elected lawmakers representing people of Helmand province.

    Ms Niazi was born in Marja district of Helmand province. She has been an independent candidate in previous and current terms of parliament. Ms Niazi graduated from central school of Lashkar Gah in 1987 and holds two bachelor’s degrees.

    She obtained her first bachelor’s degree in Pashtu Literature from a Teacher Training College in 2014. She completed her second bachelor’s degree in law from a private university in Kabul.DF

    Ms Niazi has worked in the education sector since the fall of the Taliban. She served as a teacher, headmaster and principal of school in Helmand province. She is an ethnic Pashtun and entered Afghan parliament representing the people of Helmand. In the two previous rounds of parliament, she served as member of Communication Commission and also in International Relations Commission of House of Representatives.

    Hamidullah Yoldash

    Mr. Yoldash was born in 1973 in Yangi Qala district of Takhar province. He is an ethnic Uzbek and secured a seat in Afghan parliament, representing people of Takhar. Mr. Yoldash has completed his primary school education in Kabul at Saydal Naseri school and then joint Habibia High School but later continued his studies and received his school diploma from a Mujahideen high school in Pakistan in 1993.

    He has obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in curative medical and pediatric surgery from Turkey. Hamidullah Yoldash has been an independent candidate and entered House of Representatives for the first time from Takhar province.

    In 2006, he founded an institution called “Hadaf Cultural Foundation” which provides services in spheres of education, culture, charity, reconstruction and refurbishment. Mr. Yoldash still contributes in this foundation.

    He has served as the head of Takhar hospital for 14 years. The hospital was built by Turkey and sponsored by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

    Malik Qais Noor Agha Malikzai

    Mr. Noor Agha Malikzai was born in 1953 in the village of Qala Tak in Nangarhar province. Mr. Noor, who is from the Malikzai Ghori tribe and is 65 years old is another new face among lawmakers of Afghan parliament. He has been an independent candidate for parliamentary elections from Nangarhar province.

    Mr. Malikzai told Reporterly: “My father was a colonel who used to travel in different places and I studied in two different places. But due to war I couldn’t pursue my higher education.”

    He participated in the Constitution Loya Jirga as representative of people of Nangarhar. He has previously served as deputy head of Nangarhar People Coordination Council.

    Abdul Shakoor Waqif Hakimi

    Abdul Shakur Waqif Hakimi, is a new face in Afghan House of Representatives from Badakhshan province. He was born in 1964 in Gozar Degrezi area of Faizabad city.

    In 1979, when Mr Hakimi was in the 9th grade, he and his comrades were imprisoned by the then regime in connection with political activities and then he was forced to shift and study in Shaberghan school.

    Before the invasion of Soviet Union in Afghanistan, he joined the Jihad Front and became an emigrant in 1980. In addition to pursuing his education, he pursued received religious studies and also learned Arabic Language.

    Hakimi earned a degree from Sharia faculty of Dawat and Jihad University in 1988. He obtained his master’s and Ph.D degree in 1990s in Islamic Sciences from International Islamic University Islamabad.

    He earned his second bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Islamic Azad University. For a while, Mr. Hakimi served as the chairman of Youth Association of Jamiat-e Islami.

    He has been member in the Afghanistan Independent Bars Association and also worked as lecturer in some universities teaching law related subjects.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 30 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (21): The Path of 4 Lawmakers from Takhar Province

    Habiba Danish: Lawmaker from Takhar

    Habiba Danish was born on 18 January, 1980 in Taloqan city, the capital of Takhar province.

    Ms Danish completed her elementary school at Peshawar city of Pakistan and high school at Abu-Osman Taloqani high school in Taloqan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Takhar Government University and her master’s degree in International Relations from Dawat University.

    Prior to her candidature for Afghan parliament, she taught at school as well as served as a university lecturer. She has also served as the chair of Psychological Association of Takhar province for some time. In the previous term of parliament, Ms Danish served as member in External Affairs Commission of House of Representatives.

    She is from the Arab tribe and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Mohammad Alem Saie: Lawmaker from Takhar

    Mohammad Alem Saie was born on 26 April, 1977 in Kunduz province. Mr. Saie graduated from Shahid Balkhi school of Balkh province in 1996. He received his bachelor’s degree in Theology in 2004 and a master’s degree in history from Suleyman Demirel University in 2009.

    Before entering political arena, Mr. Saie was the head of a publishing service in Turkey by the name of Birlik. When he returned in Afghanistan, he assumed a job as policy advisor at Ayena TV. After his activities in media, he joined government services and served as governor of Jawzjan province for three years. He has also served as Presidential Advisor for Local Governance.

    During National Unity Government days, Mr. Saie re-started media activities and launched a local media in Takhar, named “Birlik Radio and Television” and he is the chief executive of the agency too. Mr. Saie, has also been deputy of National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan during the 15th round of parliament.

    He is an ethnic Uzbek and it is the second time that he entered the Afghan parliament, representing people of Takhar. In the15th round of parliament Mr. Saie, firstly served as deputy head of Complaints Commission and later as member of International Relations Commission of parliament.

    Dr. Sayed Eshrafuddin Aini: Lawmaker from Takhar

    Dr. Sayed Ashrafuddin Aini was born in 1968 in Takhar province.

    Mr. Aini graduated from Abu-Osman Taloqani school in Takhar province in 1984. He later pursued his BA in Tajik State Medical University and earned his bachelor’s degree in medicine in 1992. Mr. Aini obtained his postgraduate degree in public health from London University in 2018.

    Sayed Ashrafuddin Aini has more than 18 years of work experience in public health management. Mr. Aini has served in the Ministry of Public Health for three years and also in Takhar Central Hospital. He has also worked in foreign organizations. Mr. Aini is an ethnic Tajik and entered Afghan parliament representing people of Takhar. He doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Abdullah Beg: Lawmaker from Takhar

    Abdullah Beg was born in 1988 in Takhar province.

    He graduated from Shahid Abdullah School. After he successfully passed Kankor exam, he got accepted at the agriculture faculty of Takhar University and obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2009.  Prior to entering Afghan parliament, Mr. Beg has served as member of Takhar provincial council. He has also been busy in social and political activities. Abdullah Beg is an ethnic Uzbek and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 27 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (20): Journey of 3 Representatives from Takhar, Farah and Herat Provinces

    Rais Abdul Baqi Malikzada: Lawmaker from Takhar

    Rais Abdul Baqi Malikzada, son of Wodud, was born in 1969 in Farkhar district of Takhar province.

    Mr. Malik Zada graduated from Saame Shahid school in Takhar province in 2002. He has earned his BA and MA in Economics from Tajik National University. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Malikzada had been busy with business in Taloqan city.

    Mr. Malikzada is an ethnic Tajik and it is the third time that he entered the Afghan parliament from Takhar province. In the 16th and 17th rounds of parliament, he served as a member in Finance and Budget Commission of House of Representatives. Mr. Malikaada doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Abdul Ghafar Arman: Lawmaker from Farah

    Abdul Ghafar Arman, son of Haji Ghulam Mahi-uddin, was born 1988 in village of Sangruz in the center of Farah province. Mr. Arman received his primary education at Abu-Nasr school. He completed his elementary and high school at Shaikh Abu-Nasr-e-Farahi school and graduated in 2008.

    “The passion and enthusiasm I had for Afghanistan, led me to join the Police Academy and receive military training,” Mr. Abdul Ghafar Arman told Reporterly.

    Mr. Arman started his job as director of PD4 training center of Farah province in 2010, and after a year, he was appointed as the calculation manager at the construction department of Farah police headquarters.

    Mr. Arman was later appointed as the Director of Passport Office of Farah province where he served for six years. It is the first time that Mr. Arman entered the House of Representatives with votes of people of Farah province.

    Omar Nasir Mojaddadi: Lawmaker from Herat

    Omar Nasir Mojaddidi was born in 1988 in Herat province.

    Mr. Mojaddidi completed his elementary education at Ansari school and graduated from Enqilab High School of Herat province. Upon success at Kankor Exam, he entered the Journalism faculty of Herat university and obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2011. Mr. Mojaddidi is a seasoned journalist. He worked and contributed in this field for about 14 years. In addition to media activities, he has been engaged in charity and social activities in Herat province.

    Mr. Mojaddidi is the director of the Zohal Media Group in Herat province. During the same year he entered journalism faculty, he decided to set up a local radio station. He was not only able to launch the radio station but also attracted professional individuals to contribute. Nearly 14 years have passed since they started their activities with coverage on social, cultural and political issues. In addition to other activities, Mr. Mojaddadi is also director of Taraqi TV. He is also elected chair of House of Journalists.

    Mr. Mojaddidi is also the founder of civil society network of Herat province and has been active in civil affairs in the province. He is also the chairman of the Badminton Federation of Herat Province.

    Before his candidature for the parliamentary elections in Herat province, he was engaged in various activities, one of which was “Zeyarat Dil”, a program launched by Mr. Mojaddidi in Herat which has helped many patients who couldn’t afford medical treatment. Besides various social programs, Mr. Mojaddidi is the founder of Herat Day, which is organized on 14 April annually. Mojaddidi is an ethnic Sadat and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 24 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (19): The Path of 7 Representatives from Faryab, Herat, Kunar, Jawzjan and Uruzgan Provinces

    Shafiqa Sukha yulchi: Lawmaker from Faryab

    Shafiqa Sukha Yulchi, daughter of Sukha-uddin, was born 1968 in Guzar Arab Khana at the 4th district of Faryab province.

    Ms Sukha Yulchi graduated from Setara school of Faryab province in 1985. She has two bachelor’s degrees. She obtained her first bachelor’s degree in Dari Literature from Faryab University in 2004 and her second bachelor’s degree in Law from Jawzjan University in 2014.

    Ms Sukha Yulchi has a master’s degree in International Law from Payam Noor University (Balkh branch) in 2018.

    She started her teaching career in Amir Ali Sher Nawayee school of Faryab in 1988. Then she taught at Teacher Training College of Jawzjan province from 2005 to 2008. She also served (vice Chancellor Academic Affairs) at Teacher Training College of the province till 2010 as well as Dean of Teacher Training College from 2011 to 2018. Meantime, she has also worked as news presenter at Ayna TV in Sheberghan.

    Ms Yulchi is an ethnic Uzbek and it is the first time that she became representative of people of Faryab province. She is a member of National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan. She entered House of Representative through support of the party. Speaking to Reporterly Ms Yulchi said that insecurity is the biggest challenge of Faryab province.

    Fawzia Raoufi: Lawmaker from Faryab

    Ms Raoufi, daughter of Abdul Raouf, was born in 1972 in Faryab province. Ms Raoufi earned her master’s degree in political science from Kateb University in 2016.

    She graduated from Setara school of Faryab province in 1990 and holds two bachelor’s degrees in “social science” and “law and political science”. She obtained her first degree in social science from Faryab Province and her second degree in law and political science from Kateb University.

    Prior to entering House of Representatives, Ms Raoufi worked in one of the United Nations agencies in Afghanistan.  Ms Raoufi is an ethnic Pashtun. She doesn’t have membership in political parties and it is the third time that she entered the parliament with votes of people of Faryab.

    Ms Raoufi served as a member of Religious and Cultural Affairs, Education and Higher Education Commission of parliament in 15th round of House and as member in Internal Security Commission of parliament in 16th round of House of Representatives.

    Mohammad Shakir Karimi: Lawmaker from Faryab

    Mohammad Shakir Karimi, son of Abdul Karim, was born in 1975 in Faryab province. Mr. Shakir has graduated from Abu-Muslim school of Faryab province. Before starting political activities, Mr. Karimi had been busy with agriculture and business. Mohammad Shakir Karimi is an ethnic Turkman and entered House of Representatives with votes of people of Faryab. He doesn’t have membership in political parties.

     

    Ghulam Farooq Majrooh: Lawmaker from Herat

    Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, son of Ghulam Sadiq, was born in 1969 in Injil district of Herat province. Mr. Mahrooj passed his elementary studies in Jame school of Herat, but with the arrival of Taliban in the country he immigrated to Iran. He graduated from one of the schools of refugees in Iran in 1999.

    With the fall of Taliban regime, Mr. Majrooh returned to Afghanistan. In 2005, he got his 14th grade diploma from an Institute of Mid-higher Education in Herat. He earned his bachelor’s degree in law and political science from Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan Institute of Higher Education in Kabul in 2017. During the first victory of Mujahidden, Mr. Majrooh served as 6th district police chief of Herat province. After the fall of Taliban regime, he served as military security director of Herat Division.

    Mr. Majrooh also served as district governor of Gulran district of Herat province. He resigned from the position in 2010 upon which he became a candidate for Afghan parliament. Mr. Majrooh is an ethnic Tajik. It is the second time that he entered House of Representatives from Herat province. He is also member of Jamiat-e Islami party of Afghanistan. In the 16th round of parliament, Mr. Majrooh served as member of Communications Commission of Parliament.

    Jawid Sapai: Lawmaker from Kunar

    Jawid Sapai was born in 1984 in Kunar province of Afghanistan.

    Mr. Sapai graduated from Religious school in Peshawar city of Pakistan in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree from English Language and Literature Department of Nangarhar University in 2008.  He received his master’s degree in Leadership from Bakhtar Institute of Higher Education.

    While pursuing his postgraduate degree in International Relations from United States, he returned to Afghanistan and nominated himself for parliamentary elections from Kunar province. Mr. Sapai also ran a business as well as collaborated with NATO as a business consultant.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and it is the first time that he entered the House of Representatives from Kunar province. He doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Mohammad Karim Jawzjani: Lawmaker from Jawzjan    

    Mohammad Karim Jawzjani was born on January 21, 1973 in Jawzjan province. Mr. Jawzjani received his elementary education at Qanjogha school of Jawzjan and graduated from Yangari village school of Jawzjan province. When he was in 4th grade when he joined the Afghan National Liberation Front and contributed to Jihad along with Mujahideen. After Jihad period Mr. Jawzjani immigrated to Peshawar, Pakistan. When he returned to Afghanistan, he served in the government.

    Mr. Jawzjani obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law from Ali Sher Nawayee Institute of Higher Education in Jawzjan province in 2018. Before getting nominated for parliament, he had been busy with agriculture and business works.

    Mr. Jawzjani is from the Arab tribe. It is the first time he entered House of Representatives and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Qudratullah Rahimi: Lawmaker from Uruzgan

    Qudratullah Rahimi, son of Mohammad Karim, was born in 1986 in Uruzgan province. Mr. Rahimi graduated from Zahir Shahee school of Kandahar province in 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Maiwand Institute of Higher Education 2016.

    Before his candidature to the Afghan Parliament, Mr. Rahimi worked in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. He also worked and contributed in an organization called “Target” as well as in another Wedan organization. “

    When I was nominated for parliamentary elections, I was working with the UNICEF in education sector,” Mr. Rahimi said. He is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t have membership in political parties.  It is the first time that he entered the Afghan parliament.

  • 23 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (18): Journey of 3 Lawmakers from Uruzgan, Nimruz and Herat Provinces

    Bibi Gulalai Mohammadi: Lawmaker from Uruzgan

    Bibi Gulalai, daughter of Mohammad Naim, was born in 1994 in Mehr Abad area of Uruzgan province and lives in Kandahar province.

    Ms Mohammadi graduated from Sufi Female School in 2011. She obtained 14th grade diploma in midwifery from government university of Kandahar in 2013. She also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Malalai Institute of Higher Education in 2018.

    Ms Mohammadi is 25 years old and is an ethnic Pashtun. She was a candidate from Uruzgan province and it is the first time she entered the House of Representatives.

    Ms Mohammadi’s activities has been centred on midwifery and she had a private health care clinic. In addition, she has worked as a midwife in other hospitals. She also served in civilian aviation of Kandahar airport for six years. Bibi Gulalai Mohammadi is not member of any political parties.

    Farida Hamidi: Lawmaker from Nimruz

    Farida Hamidi, daughter of Abdul Raziq, was born in 1969 in Zaranj district of Nimruz province.

    Ms Hamidi graduated from Surya High school of Kabul city in 1982. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in political science and economics in 1985.

    Prior to entering politics, Ms Hamidi had been a teacher in Hairatan school of Nimroz as well as Zaranj Female school. Later she served as Director of Women Affairs Directorate of the Nimroz province for 8 years. In addition to other duties, she also contributes as deputy of Baloch Union of Afghanistan. Ms Hamidi also participated in the Constitutional Loya Jirga.

    Ms Hamidi is 50 years old and she is an ethnic Baloch. She entered House of Representatives from Nimroz province. In the 16th round of parliament she served as secretary in International Relations Commission of parliament. Ms Hamidi does not have membership in political parties.

    Naheed Ahmadi Farid: Lawmaker from Herat

    Naheed Ahmadi Farid, daughter of Mohammad Ibrahim, was born in 1984 in Herat Province.

    Ms Farid’s family immigrated to Iran after her birth and she received her elementary education in Iran. After returning to Afghanistan, she couldn’t continue her higher school education in Herat province due to emergence of Taliban regime. After the fall of Taliban, she completed school and also had a part time work in a private organization.

    Naheed Farid earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Herat University in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from George Washington University in 2010.

    Ms Farid is 35 years old and it is the second time that she entered House of Representatives from Herat Province.  In previous term of parliament, she had served as member of International Relations Commission of House of Representatives.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 21 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (17): The Path of 3 Representatives from Balkh and Badghis Provinces

    Gul Rahman Hamdard: Lawmaker from Balkh Province

    Gul Rahman Hamdard was born in the Alam Khel village of Balkh district of Balkh province in 1978.

    Mr. Hamdard studied till 9th grade in Shahid Moallem Rahmatullah school. He continued his high school studies in Naw Bahar school of Balkh province and graduated in 1997.  He immigrated to Iran in 1998 and returned to Afghanistan in 2002. This is when he the founded Hamdard Construction Company. The company worked with foreign troops in reconstruction.

    Mr. Hamdard had a great interest and motivation in Culture and Art which led him to establish Samaa TV in Balkh.

    Mr. Hamdard is an ethnic Pashtun and his family has membership of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan.

    Muhammad Ali Mohaqiq: Lawmaker from Balkh province

    Mohammad Ali Mohaqiq, son of Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, the deputy chief executive and chairman of People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan was born in Balkh province in 1983.

    Mr. Mohaqiq graduated from school in Mazar al-Sharif. He earned his bachelor’s degree in law and political science and currently is pursuing his master’s degree in political science at Kateb University.

    Mohammad Ali Mohaqiq is the head of the office of People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan in northern zone as well as the Finance Deputy Head of the Party. He is also an advisor to second deputy of chief executive.

    Mr. Mohaqiq is an ethnic Hazara. He was a candidate from People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan.

    Amir Shah Nayebzada: Lawmaker from Badghis

    Amir Shah Nayebzada was born in Badghis province. He graduated from a Military University in Pakistan (AP).

    Prior to nomination in parliamentary elections, Mr. Nayebzada served in the military.  He used to be the security director of Badghis province and also worked in border forces of Nimruz province, and then served in public protection force unit for 7 years.

    Mr. Nayebzada is an ethnic Pashtun. He had been a member of the Jamiat-e Islami but currently doesn’t have membership in any political parties.

    Zaki Amini and Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 18 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (16): The Path of 2 Lawmakers from Balkh Province

    Fawzia Hamidi: Lawmaker from Balkh Province

    Fawzia Hamidi, daughter of Abdul Samad, was born in Mazar-i-Sharif in 1964. She lives in Kart-e- Ariana area of Balkh Province.

    She graduated from Sultan Razia school of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1985, but back then she couldn’t manage to continue her higher education due to some reasons. Years later, she pursued her studies and in 2011 finally obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi Private University.

    Fawzia Hamidi is an ethnic Tajik. She has worked with different organizations and in various capacities in capital city Kabul as well as in Mazar-i-Sharif. In the 17th round of parliament she was nominated as an independent candidate for parliamentary election from Mazar-i-Sharif and secured a seat in the House of Representatives.

    After graduating from school, Ms Hamidi assumed a job at the Attorney General Office where she worked in different capacities for five years.

    After five years of service in the Attorney General Office, she returned to Balkh province. She began her job at attorney office for public security and research where she worked for 12 years.

    When Taliban came to the country, this new entrant of Afghan House of Representatives encountered many threats that compelled her to immigrate to Pakistan where she stayed for four years. Her then office was closed by Taliban and everything was destroyed.

    After the collapse of Taliban, Ms. Hamidi has worked in different departments and capacities. She worked at a senior position in management of kindergartens in the province and also as Director of Labor and Social Affairs Directorate of Balkh province for six years. After her service in Labor and Social Affairs Directorate, she returned to Attorney General Office where she functioned as the gender officer.

    Her brilliant background and experience in Attorney General Office led her to undertake a job at Attorney Office on Elimination of Violence Against Women in Balkh province. Her work experience in of such nature was in Nahri Shahi District of Balkh province where she worked in primary court for one year.

    Rais Abdul Khaliq:

    Rais Abdul Khaliq was born in 1964 in Balkh province. He is an ethnic Tajik.

    At the age of seven, Rais Abdul Khaliq enrolled in Nadir Shahi school (presently known as Istiqlal school) of Kabul. He completed the 9th grade at the Nadir Shahi High School, and after the arrival of Russians, he moved to Sholgara district of Balkh where he joined the Jihad front against the Soviet forces.

    When the country was under occupation of the Soviet Union, he fought along with Mujahideen. After the end of war, he continued his studies and graduated from Qadim school in Sholgara district of Balkh province in 2012.

    Rais Abdul Khaleq earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2018 from Turkestan Private Institute of Higher Education, Mazar-i-Sharif.

    After Dr. Najib’s government collapsed, Rais Abdul Khaliq took over as chief of staff of the 36th division and when Taliban came to Afghanistan, he fought along Mujahideen in Dara Sof mountains for five years.

    During Karzai’s presidency he was proposed as commander of artillery regiment (part of 7th corps in northern country). After the beginning of thr disarmament (DDR) process when the Mujahideen handed over their heavy and light weapons to National Army in Ministry of Defense, he was nominated as provincial council candidate from Balkh province. At the time, he obtained 6000 votes went on to win a seat in the first round of provincial council elections.

    In the second round of parliamentary elections, Rais Abdul Khaliq was nominated for Balkh Provincial Council elections. This time around, he obtained 25,000 votes and entered the Balkh Provincial Council. He is a member of the Jamiat –e Islami Afghanistan.

    Rais Abdul Khaliq is another new face of Afghan House of Representatives who served as a provincial council member in Balkh province for two terms representing Jamiat-e Islami Afghanistan from 2005 to 2014. In thr parliamentary elections in 2018, Rais Abdul Khaliq entered House of Representatives from Balkh province.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 17 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Faces of Afghan House of Representatives (15): The Path of 5 Lawmakers from Badghis, Herat, Laghman and Paktika

    Farida Begzad: Lawmaker from Badghis Province

    Farida Begzad was born in 1975 in the center of Badghis province.

    She received her secondary education from the girls’ school in Qala-e-Naw town of Qala-e-Naw district of Badghis province and earned a 14th grade diploma from Teacher Training College of Badghis province.

    Prior to entering politics, Ms Begzad taught in the Girls’ School of Badghis province for ten years.

    Farida Begzad is an ethnic Tajik. She is not member of any political parties.

    “Badghis shares the same story with other provinces when it comes to problems. People of the province suffer from poverty, unemployment and security threats,” Ms Begzad told Reportely.

    Simin Barakzai: Lawmaker from Herat

    Simin Barakzai, daughter of Nazar Mohammad was born in 1985 in Herat province.

    Ms Barakzai completed both her secondary and higher education in Tehran city of Iran. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism.

    Ms Barakzai has worked as a journalist, presenter in political programs and also as director and writer. She also served as an advisor in the Ministry of Urban Development.

    It is the second time that Ms Barakzai was elected the House of Representatives; in the previous term, she served as the deputy of Defense Commission of parliament.

    Ms Barakzai is an ethnic Pashtun and does not hold membership of any political parties.

    “Problems exist in all provinces of Afghanistan, but Herat province has no special status in the current government, despite having educated boys and girls. Herat province has been marginalized,” when asked about problems of the province, Simin Barakzai told Reporterly.

    Mohammad Rafi Mamuzi: Lawmaker from Laghman

    Mohammad Rafi Mamuzi, son of Alhaj Mohammad Zaman, was born in 1983 in Laghman province.

    Mr. Mamuzi graduated from Rushan school of Laghman province in 2003. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Ashna Institute of Higher Education in 2018.

    His work experience includes, serving as head of Laghman Provincial Council and conducting business.

    Mohammad Rafi Mamuzi is an ethnic Pashtun. He doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Mirza Mohammad Katawazai: Lawmaker from Paktika Province

    Muhammad Mirza Katawazai was born in 1987 in Paktika province.

    Mr. Katawazai received his primary education in Paktika province and graduated from Abdul Ali Mustaghni High School in Kabul.

    He has obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Tolo-e-Aftab Institute of Higher Education.

    Prior to nominating himself in parliamentary elections, he was busy with business operations. Mr. Katawazai is an ethnic Pashtun and he isn’t a member of any political parties.

    “People in Paktika province are struggling with many problems. The lack of security is a major challenge in the province, and I believe that people need more security than anything else. ” Mr. Katawazi said about Paktika’s problems.

    Mr. Katawazai attributed the major challenges of Paktika to inability and inexperienced young lawmakers.

  • 14 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (14): Journey of 4 Lawmakers from Herat, Ghor and Badghis Province

    Hamidullah Hanif: Lawmaker from Herat

    Hamidullah Hanif was born 1979 in Herat province.

    Mr. Hanif graduated from Fakhr Ul Maradis school in 1996 in Herat province. He has two bachelors degrees. He earned his first degree in Sharia at Islamabad University in 2001, and his second degree in Literature from Herat University in 2006. Mr. Hanif attained master’s degree in Criminal Law and Criminology in 2017 from Payam Noor University Afghanistan.

    His work experience includes, teaching at Agriculture Technical and Vocational Institute, serving as lecturer at private universities, being deputy of the Teachers’ Unions, and general director of Ayenda Sazan Private Institutes of Education. He also worked as a methodology trainer for university lecturers of Herat, Ghor and Badghis provinces.

    Mr. Hanif is an ethnic Pashtun. He doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    “The problems people face in Herat province are insecurity, unemployment and poverty,” Mr. Hanif told Reporterly when asked about the problems of the province.

    Gul Zaman Nayeb: Lawmaker from Ghor

    Gul Zaman Nayeb was born in 1962 in Ghor province.

    Mr. Nayeb received his secondary education at Sultan Alauddin High School of Ghor province in 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Law from the Payam Noor University in 2015.

    Mr. Nayeb served in government until 1992. He has also worked with national and international organizations. Mr. Nayeb has worked as a provincial head of Citizenship Covenant’ Program in Ghor province.

    Mr. Nayeb is an ethnic Tajik and he doesn’t have membership in any political parties.

    When asked about the problems of people in Ghor province, Mr. Nayeb told Reporterly: “There is no electricity in the province and the bad condition pf roads is also a big problem in the province.”

    Abdul Basir Osmani: Lawmaker from Badghis

    Abdul Basir Osmani was born in 1985 in Badghis province.

    Mr. Osmani graduated from Hanzala Badghisi School in 2010. He has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science from Dawat University and Master’s Degree in Political Science from Islamic Azad University Afghanistan Branch in 2017.

    Mr. Osmani, worked as head of Badghis Youth Association, deputy head of the People’s Council of Badghis (residing in Kabul) and as an expert in the Council of Ministers.

    Mr. Osmani is an ethnic Tajik. He isn’t member of any political parties.

    “Security problems are high in Badghis province and currently fight is going on in different parts of the Badghis. Besides that, Badghis is a backward province where the government has not paid considerable attention,” Abdul Basir Osmani told Reporterly.

    Ata Mohammad Dehqanpur: Lawmaker from Ghor

    Ata Mohammad Dehqanpur was born in 1951 in Ghor province

    Mr. Dehqanpur graduated from Sultan Alauddin Ghori school in 1979. He received his bachelor’s degree in Law from Payam Noor University of Afghanistan in 2017.

    He has served in police during Dr. Najibullah’s regime. Mr. Dehqanpur has been a teacher as well.

    Mr. Dehqanpur is an ethnic Aimaq and he doesn’t have membership of any political parties.

    Ata Mohammad Dehqanpur told Reporterly about problems of in Ghor province: “Ghor province and other neighboring provinces like Badghis and Faryab are very insecure, and people of the province are poor. There is no one from the province who serves in the government as governor, general and commander. Roads aren’t constructed and there is only one higher education institution in the whole province.”

  • 10 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (13): The Journey of 4 Representatives from Farah, Kapisa, Paktika and Parwan Provinces

    Humayun Shaheedzada: Lawmaker from Farah Province

    Humayun Shaheedzada, son of Haji Abdul Basir was born in 1990 in Lash Wa Juwayn district of Farah Province.

    Mr. Shaheedzada graduated from Ibn-i- Yamin school in Lash Wa Juwayn district in 2008. He holds two bachelor’s degrees. He earned his first bachelor’s degree in public administration in 2014 from Herat University and his second degree in law and political science in 2015 from Jami University of Herat province. Mr. Shaheedzadah obtained his master’s degree in political science and international relations in 2016 from Islamic Azad University – Afghanistan Branch. Mr. Shaheedzada is currently working on his Doctorate thesis in Political Science at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.

    Mr. Shaheedzada’s work experience includes, teaching, being lecturer in law at the Jami university of Herat, and founder of a private school, kindergarten and Urooj educational center in Farah province. In addition, he worked as lawyer for two years and he has been a member of Lawyers’ Association of Afghanistan.

    “The main challenge that people face in Farah province is insecurity and another problem in the province is that, Bakhsh Abad Dam has not been constructed yet. We hope that this dam should be constructed which helps the people of the province to enjoy and benefit from both water and electricity,” Mr. Shaheedzaha told Reporterly.

    Mirdad Khan Nejrabi: Lawmaker from Kapisa Province

    Mirdad Khan Nejrabi, son of Abdul Nabi was born in 1964 in Nijran district of Kapisa province.

    Mr. Nejrabi finished his secondary education at Ghulam Haidar Khan High School in 1990. He attained a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University in 2008 and his master’s degree in Diplomacy in 2012.

    Mr. Nejrabi has served in security and police forces for 20 years. He has also fought along Mujahideen during Jihad period. It is the second time that he entered House of Representatives. In his previous term of the parliament, he served as chairman of the internal security Committee of the parliament.

    Mr. Nejrabi is an ethnic Tajik and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Khalid Asad: Lawmaker from Paktika Province

    Khalid Asad was born in 1981 in Paktika province.

    Mr. Asad graduated from Esteqlal High School in Paktika province in 2003 and obtained his BA in Law and Political Science in 2007. He has earned his master’s degree in International Relations.

    Prior to entering political arena, Mr. Asad worked at the HACC Construction and Logistics Company. He has been member of board of directors of Paktika Chamber of Commerce.

    He is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Sidiq Ahmad Usmani: Lawmaker from Parwan Province

    Sidiq Ahmad Usmani, son of Mir Mohammad Usmani was born in 1952 in Parwan province.

    Mr. Usmani graduated from Numan High School in Parwan in 1970 and completed his bachelor’s degree in education from Kabul university in 1975.

    Mr. Usmani worked in the field of education from 1976 to 1990, then he worked in a private company. He has served as representative of people of Parwan in 16th and 17th round of parliament and it is the third time that he secured a seat in the House of Representatives.

    Mr. Usmani is an ethnic Sadat/Tajik and doesn’t have contribution with political parties.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 9 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (12): The Path of 4 Representatives from Daykundi, Nuristan and Sar-e Pol Provinces

    Raihana Azad: Lawmaker from Daykundi Province

    Raihan Azad, daughter of Ishaq, was born in Shahristan district of Daykundi province.

    Ms Azad graduated from Allama Shahid Balkhi school in Daykundi province. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Kateb University.

    Ms Azad served as Daykundi Provincial Council Member. Additionally, she has worked as local staff in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), and was also a supervisor in the Cooperation Center for Afghanistan (CCA), apart from being the head of Women’s Council and representative of Uruzgan province in the 16th round of parliament.

    In the 16th round, she entered the parliament as representative of people from Uruzgan province and served as member of the Women’s Committee. But in 17th round she was nominated from Daykundi province and won a seat in the parliament.

    Ms Raihana Azad is an ethnic Hazara and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Ms Azad told Reporterly about the problems people face in Daykundi province: “The main problem of people in Daikundi is roads. Poverty and lack of school for girls is another difficulty in the province. Daykundi is a mountainous province and the people in the province do not have access to health centers.”

    Ismail Atikan: Lawmaker from Nuristan Province

    Ismail Atikan, son of Noorullah, was born in 1983 in Nuristan province

    Mr. Atikan graduated from Abdulhadi Dawi school and earned his bachelor’s degree in Law and master’s degree in political science from Khatam Al-Nabieen University.

    He worked in a private company and later as technical assistant in Asian Federation.

    Mr. Atikan is from Nuristani tribe and is not member of political parties.

    Hamidullah Beg: Lawmaker from Sar-e Pol Province

    Hamidullah Beg, son of Haji Gadai, was born in 1967 in Sar-e Pol province.

    Mr. Beg studied school in Sar-e Pol province and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Amir Ali Sher Nawaye University of Jawzjan province.

    Prior to entering House of Representatives, he had been a responsible member of Peace Council in Sar-e Pol province. Mr. Beg is an ethnic Uzbek and doesn’t have membership of political parties.

    “The biggest problem for the people in Sar-e Pol is insecurity that threatens them. The recent floods affected these people, and nearly 10000 acres of land have been destroyed in northern part of Sar-e Pol province”, Mr. Beg told Reporterly.

    Sayed Hayatullah Alemi: Lawmaker from Sar- Pol Province

    Sayed Hayatullah Alemi, son of Sayed Mohammad Ali, was born in 1973 in Sar-e Pol province.

    Mr. Alemi graduated from Sayed Jamaludin school in Balkhab district. He studied Islamic Sharia, gaining his bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field from Al-Mustafa International University of Iran.

    Mr. Alemi is an ethnic Sadat. He is a member of Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, but was independently nominated from Sar-e Pol province for the House of Representatives.

    Prior to entering House of Representatives, Mr. Alemi had been member of Provincial Council of Sar-e Pol province. He also contributed in social activities.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 8 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (11): Journey of 4 Representatives from Khost and Bamyan Provinces

    Sahera Sharif: Lawmaker from Khost Province

    Sahera Sharif, daughter of Mohammad Karim, was born in 1961 in Khost province.

    Ms Sharif graduated from Aryana School of Kabul and earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Kabul University in education.

    Her work experience includes, being an academic member of the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan, a teacher at a refugee camp, head of Afghan Women’s Magazine, contribution with BBC, Director of Women Affairs of Khost province and lecturer at Khost University.

    It is the third time that Ms Sharif entered the House of Representatives. She has served as member of Education Committee of parliament in the 15th round and as member of Mines and Environment Committee in the 16th round of the house.

    Ms Sharif is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Engineer Helmand Helmand: Lawmaker from Khost Province

    Helmand Helmand, son of Maiel, was born in Khost province in 1983.

    Mr. Helmand graduated from a high school in Khost province. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kabul university majoring in civil engineering. He obtained his master’s degree from Swiss UMEF University of Afghanistan.

    Mr. Helmand is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t have membership of political parties.

    Ghafar Khan: Lawmaker from Khost Province

    Ghafar Khan, son of Zahir Khan, was born in 1962 in Tanai district of Khost province.

    Ghafar Khan earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal technique and police.

    Prior to entering politics, he had been busy with personal as well as business work. He is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Zaheeruddin Jan Agha: Lawmaker from Bamyan Province

    Zaheeruddin Jan Agha, son of Sakhidad, was born in 1972 in Bamyan province.

    Mr. Jan Agha graduated from Bamyan boys’ high school and earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics.

    Zaheeruddin Jan Agha was involved in business prior to entering politics. He is an ethnic Tajik and doesn’t have membership of political parties.

    Speaking to Reporterly, Zaheeruddin Jan Agha told about the problems of Bamyan people: “The most serious problem of people in Bamyan is the poverty and unemployment and people live under the poverty line. Fortunately, people have good security conditions in the province and in terms of security they don’t have problems.”

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

  • 7 Apr 2019 Share this post

    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (10): The Journey of 4 Representatives from Ghor, Herat, Balkh and Paktika Provinces

    Ruqia Naiel: Lawmaker from Ghor Province

    Ruqia Naiel, daughter of Ewaz Ali, was born in 1978 in Ghor province.

    Ms. Naiel has earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in International Relation (IR).

    Prior to entering House of Representatives, Ms Naiel worked in the health sector. She has taught in a school and has also worked as women rights defender.

    It is the third time that Ms Naiel won a seat in House of Representatives. In the 15th round of parliament she served as member of the Transportation and Telecommunication Committee and in the 16th round of House as member of Financial, Budget, and Banking affairs Committee.

    She is an ethnic Hazara and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    “In many districts of Ghor province, people face security threats. Lack of roads and electricity are other problems that people face in the province,” Ruqia Naiel told Reporterly.

    Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi: Lawmaker from Herat Province

    Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi son of Mullah Tajuddin, was born 1961 in Herat province.

    Mr. Hanafi graduated from Fatah School in Herat. He studied Islamic Sharia, Law, and Political Science, gaining the equivalent of a PhD in this field.

    During Jihad, Mr. Hanafi had been of the member of Decision making High Council of Herat. He has served as leader in front lines during Jihad with Russians, and also worked as district governor of Guzara district. Mr. Hanafi worked as Editor-in-Chief of the Umat (Nation) monthly publication in Mashhad Iran, as member in Constitutional Loya Jirga and as representative of Herat people in fifteenth and sixteenth rounds of parliament. Qazi Nazir Ahmad Hanafi is an ethnic Tajik and he is board member of Jamayat-E-Islami Afghanistan.

    “The recent floods in Herat and the lack of standard hospitals are the problems of people in Herat province,” Mr. Hanafi said.

    Breshna Rabi: Lawmaker from Balkh Province

    Breshna Rabi, daughter of Mir Ghulam Mohammad, was born in Mazar-i-Sharif in 1963.

    Ms Rabi graduated from Sultan Razia School in 1986 and has a Master’s Degree in International Law.

    Prior to entering House of Representatives, Ms Rabi had been a teacher as well as principal of a school. It is the second time that she won a set in Afghan parliament. In her previous term she served as member of Education and Higher Education Committee of House of Representatives.

    Ms Rabi is an ethnic Tajik who does not have membership of any political parties.

    Nader Khan Katawazai: Lawmaker from Paktika Province

    Nader Khan Katawazai, son of Haji Amanullah Khan, was born in 1957 in Paktika province.

    His work experience includes, teaching, business, and participation in Emergency Loya Jirga as well as Constitutional Loya Jirga. He also worked as head of Department of Tribes and Frontiers of Paktika and as representative of Paktika people in 15th and 16th round of parliament.

    It is the third time that Mr. Katawazai entered to House of Representatives. In previous term he has served as member of International Relations committee of the parliament.

    Mr. Katawazai is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

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    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (9): Journey of 3 Representatives in the New Round of Parliament

    Narender Singh Khalsa: Lawmaker of Sikh and Hindu Community

    Narender Singh Khalsa, son of Sikh leader Avtar Singh, was born in 1985 in Paktia province.

    Mr. Narender Singh has graduated from 12th grade but due to four decades of war and instability he has not been able to acquire higher education.

    The main occupation of Sikhs and Hindus is ancient Greek medicine business. Mr. Narender Singh also has a business career.

    Avtar Singh Khalsa was chairman of Sikhs Council who was nominated in House of Representative by the Sikh and Hindu Community, but he was killed in a suicide attack in Nangarhar province. Narender Singh Khalsa replaced his father and became chairman of Sikh community. Later he was nominated as the Sikh’s candidate for parliament.

    Mr. Narender Singh’s father was a politician and after his father was killed in a suicide attack, he decided to enter political arena.

    Mr. Narender Singh Khalsa talked about the problems of Hindus and Sikhs to Reporterly: “The Sikh and Hindu community experienced a lot of problems during the four decades of war, and our rights were violated. There is no educational opportunity for our children, and the biggest problem we face is in holding our religious ceremonies.”

    Ghulam Farooq Nazari: Lawmaker from Herat province

    Ghulam Farooq Nazari, son of Haji Shirin Dil, was born in Herat in 1955 in Herat province.

    Mr. Nazari graduated from 12th class of Jami High School in Herat province in 1974. He has over four decades of experience in business.

    It is the second time that Ghulam Farooq Nazari entered House of Representatives. Speaking to Reporterly, Mr. Nazari talked about his motivation in becoming a lawmaker: “I wanted to serve my people in these late days of my life and be able to do decent and good things for the people.”

    Mr. Nazari is an ethnic Pashtun and is originally from Nangarhar province. He does not hold  membership of any of the political parties.

    Munawar Shah Bahdari: Lawmaker from Herat Province

    Munawar Shah Bahadari is the son of Haji Mohammad Kabir and was born in 1967 in Herat province.

    Mr. Bahadari has studied elementary and secondary school in Shindand district and competed his high school in military school. He has earned his bachelor’s degree from Kabul Air University and his master’s degree in law and political science.

    Mr. Bahadari has a bachelor degree in sociology and also in psychology. He worked as an engineer from 1984 to 1992 in Shindad airport.

    Manawar Shah Bahadori is an ethnic Pashtun and doesn’t have membership in political parties.

    “Problems exist in every corner of Afghanistan, and all people of Afghanistan are in trouble with one problem or the other, but in Herat the people face security, health, food, work and social security problems” Bahadori told Reporterly.

    Ahmad Shah Karimi contributed reporting.

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    Elected Lawmakers of Afghan House of Representatives (8): The Journey of 4 Representatives from Herat, Ghor, Balkh and Daykundi Provinces

    Masouda Karokhi: Lawmaker from Herat

    Masouda Karokhi is the daughter of Mohammad Musa Karokhi, and was born in 1961 in Karokh district of Herat province.

    Ms. Karokhi received her primary education in Gawharshad school and high school in Herat National School. She has obtained 14th grade certificate from Teacher Training Collage of the province.

    She has a shining background in social and cultural works. During Taliban era, Ms. Karokhi had taught underprivileged children in her home and after that she started her teaching journey in one of the schools in Herat province. In addition to teaching, she contributed in civil activities as a part time job.

    Her activities and active contributions to social and voluntary works led Ms. Karokhi to participate in one-month leadership program in United States.

    Her other experience includes, participation in Constitutional Loya Jirga, being member of Women Development Center of Herat province and the Women affairs director for National and civil participation society.

    It is the second time that Ms. Karokhi entered House of Representatives. In the previous term, she served in Woman Affairs’, Civil Society and Human Rights Committees of Parliament.

    She is an ethnic Pashtun from and doesn’t have membership of political parties.

    Masouda Karokhi told Reporterly about her motivation to enter in the Parliament: “Entering the parliament and being a lawmaker helps me to play a promoting role in tackling injustice and also increase the quality of ministries through cooperation and coordination.”

    Karam-uddin Reza Zada: Lawmaker from Ghor Province

    Karam-uddin Reza Zada, son of Mullah Fazlul Haq was born in 1970 in Cheberghan city of Ghor province.

    Mr. Reza Zada graduated from Sultan Alauddin Ghori High School and in 2014 he earned his Bachelor Degree in Law and International Relations.

    His work experience includes, participation in front lines of Jihad and Resistance, Director of Documents and Communications of Ghor Province, Public Welfares Manager of the province, deputy governor of Ghor province from 2004 to 2010.

    In 16th round of parliament he served as lawmaker of Ghor province and it is the second time that he entered the House of Representatives.

    “The best way to serve people and to do things in different arenas is representing people in the parliament, and I can raise the voice of people to authorities,” Mr. Reza Zada told Reporterly about his motivation of entering parliament.

    Karam-uddin Reza Zada is an ethnic Tajik. He doesn’t hold membership of any political parties.

    Mr. Reza Zada highlighted the problems of people of Ghor: “The biggest problem of people in the province is insecurity which they struggle with, and in most districts, people do not have autonomy. Unemployment is another challenge for people of the province.”

    Saifora Niazai: Lawmaker from Balkh Province

    Saifora Niazai, daughter of Gholam Ali, was born in 1961 in Balkh province

    Ms. Niazai obtained her bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the science faculty of Kabul University. Two years ago, she earned her master’s degree in law and commerce from Tajikistan.

    Ms. Niazai has an inspiring background in teaching and other fields. She has worked as teacher and head of mathematics and physics department in Sultan Razia high school and Fatima Balkhi school. Her experience also includes mathematics and physics teaching at Samanian school in Dushanbe city, director at Balkh Women Affairs Directorate, in charge of unity and solidarity of Afghan refugee women in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and participation in Constitutionnel Loya Jirga.

    She has served in 15th, 16th and 17th rounds of parliament. It is the third time that Ms. Niazai won a seat in Afghan House of Representatives.

    In 15th and 16th rounds of parliament, Ms. Niazai served as member of Education and Higher Education of House. Saifora Niazai is an ethnic Tajik and doesn’t have membership of any political party.

    Ms. Niazai told Reporterly about the problems of people of Balkh: “Problems exist in every corner of the country, but insecurity has recently increased in Balkh, and lack of personnel in education and other directorates and lack of health facilities are among the problems that people face in the province. But the overall condition of Balkh is better compared to other provinces of Afghanistan.”

    Sayed Mohammad Daud Naseri: Lawmaker from Daykundi province

    Sayed Daud Naseri, son of Sayed Ayub Shah, was born in 1969 in Kando Village of Kajran district of Daykundi

    Mr. Naseri has studied elementary school in Daykundi, secondary school in Kandahar province and 12th grade in Al-Biruni school of Sayed Mohammad. He has earned his bachelor’s degree in law from Bakhtar University.

    Sayed Mohammad Daud Naseri is an ethnic Sayed. He has membership of National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (Mahaz e Milli Islami Party of Afghanistan). He has been active in political activities. After his father’s demise, he became the elder of his community.

    He has served as a senator from 2006 to 2010 and worked in legislation and peace. It is the second time that Mr. Naseri secured a seat in House of Representatives and in the previous term he served in Complaints Committee of Parliament.


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