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Biography of defence minister-designate

Governance & Politics

معصوم ستانکزی

Biography of defence minister-designate

May 22, 2015 - 21:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, the defence minister-designate, is the son of Mahmood Khan Stanikzai and was born in Moghulkhel village of Mohammad Agha district in central Logar province.

Stanikzai completed his primary educationinfo-icon at his hometown and was later enrolled in communications institute in Kabul where he completed 14th class majoring in Microwave.

He also studied communications in military university and completed high-level in military field.

He obtained his first masters degree in management from Princeton University and went on to study Engineering in sustainable development in UK’s prestigious Cambridge University for his second masters.

He worked as senior researcher at United States Institute for Peace (USIP) for six months, where he did extensive research on peace and security and published several papers.

During his refugee days in Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon, he has worked with many humanitarian organizations delivering services for Afghan refugees.

After formation of interim government in Afghanistaninfo-icon, Stanikzai worked as a commissioner for human rights and later became minister for Information Technology and Communications.

He has also worked as advisor to former president Hamid Karzai on security-related issues and in the last five years, he has been working as a member of High Peace Councilinfo-icon (HPC) and the council’s secretary.

He has had membership of many commissions also, including membership of the National Security Council (NSC).

In the past couple of years, Stanikzai has survived three attempts on his life.


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