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Biographies of intra-Afghan peace talks negotiators

Biographies of intra-Afghan peace talks negotiators

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Biographies of the government negotiating team members

Biographies of the Taliban negotiating team members

KABUL (Pajhwok): Four out of the 21-member government team for peace negotiations with the Taliban are energetic, educated and young people.

One has a PhD to his credit, six have obtained master’s degrees and nine have bachelor-level qualifications. Three are school graduates and one has completed religious studies.

The government team has one negotiator each from Logar, Laghman, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Ghazni, Paktika, Panjsher, Herat, Kapisa, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Paktia and Helmand provinces. From Balkh and Kabul provinces, the team has two members each.

Four members of the negotiating team are aged between 25 and 33 years, three between 45 and 49 and the remaining 14 between 51 and 66.

1-Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai:

Son of Mahmood Khan Stanikzai, Masoum Stanikzai was born in 1959 in the Mohammad Agha district of Logar province. He is Pashton and completed his primary and intermediate studies in Logar and then moved to the Telecommunication School and did graduation from there.

He continued his studies in the relevant field and received his bachelor degree from Kabul’s Harbi University. Stanikzai got one of his master degrees in administrative affairs from Pakistan’s Preston University and another in the area of durable development from the United Kingdom’s Cambridge University.

Over the past two decades, Stanikzai has served as head of the National Directorate of Security, acting defence minister, presidential advisor, telecommunications minister and secretary to the Peace Council.

He is President Ashraf Ghani’s trusted lieutenant and at the same time enjoys a cordial relationship with Dr. Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai. He is the head of the government’s negotiating team.

2-Ahmad Nader Naderi:

Ahmad Nader Nadri was born in 1976 in the capital of Laghman province. He is belongs to Baloch tribe and earned his bachelor degree in law and political affairs from the Kabul University and got his master degree from the Gorge Washington University in international relations.

A UN peace activist over the past two decades, he participated in the 2002 Bonn Conference and served as a member of Afghanistan’s Independent and Transparent Election and spokesperson for Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, presidential advisor in public and strategic relations and brand ambassador of freedom of expression.

He is head of the Independent Civil Services and Reform Commission (IACSRC) and a member of the government negotiating team.

3-Syed Sadaat Mansour Naderi:

Son of Mansour Naderi, he was born in 1976 in Kabul and hails from Sadaat tribe but he originally hails from Baghlan. He completed his primary school in Kabul and Baghlan and graduated from a college in England. He received his higher education in business and economic from the London University. He served as head of the Agha Khan Foundation’s economic committee, member of Da Afghanistan Bank Board of managers, acting minister of Work and Social Affairs, urban development ministries.

Naderi who earned business medial through peace initiatives supported Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in 2019 presidential elections. Naderi is the owner some business, including fuel/vehicles, founded insurance Corp of Afghanistan (ICA), founded Finest, mines firms.

Naderi is currently serving as state minister for peace affairs. He has been appointed as a member of the government negotiating team.

4-Fawzia Koofi:

Fawzia Koofi is the daughter of Abdul Rahman, she was born in 1966 in the Kof Ab district of Badakhshan province. She obtained her bachelor degree in business administration and ethnically belong to Tajik tribe.

She served as a representative of Badakhshan people in the Wolesi Jirga and second deputy speaker of the lower house. Koofi  is the head of Afghanistan Change Movement and served as assistant to the UNECIF office in Badakhshan, head of the Norwegian orphanage centre in Afghanistan and chief of the Jaihon Cultural and Training Centre. She was member of Dr. Abdullah’s election team in 2019. She is a member of the government negotiating team.

5-Maulvi Attaullah Lodin:

Son of Maulvi Shamsur Rahman Kamavi, Lodin was born in the Kama district of Nangarhar province in 1961 and he is Pashton. He has a bachelor degree in Shariah and has specialization in jurisprudence. He served as a Wolesi Jirga member, head of the Kabul Appellant Court, head of the Ulema Grand Shura, assistant to High Peace Council and governor of Nangarhar. He is a former member of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan, currently working for Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal. A member of Meshrano Jirga, he has been picked as a member of the government negotiating team. 

6-Habiba Surabi:

Habiba Surabi is the Daughter of Abdul Hameed, Surabi was born in 1957 in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province. She is Hazara by tribe and graduated from Kabul’s Ayesha Durrani High School and got her bachelor degree in pharmacy from Kabul University. She has served as women affairs minister, assistant to High Peace Council and the governor of Bamyan province. She won Ramon Magsaysay and UN N-Peace awards. Now she has been included in the government’s negotiating team. 

7-Dr. Mohammad Ameen Ahmadi:

Dr. Mohammad Ameen Ahmadi is the Son of Bostan, Dr. Mohammad Ameen Ahmadi was born in 1964 in the Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province. He is Hazara by tribe and holds a PhD in Philosophy and Islamic Wisdom from the University of Tehran and has served as a lecturer at various universities and chancellor of the Kateb University. Ahmadi has served as a member of the constitution review commission. Now he is a member of the government’s negotiating team.

8- Gen. Ayub Ansari:

Gen. Ayub Ansari is the Son of Mohammad Hashim, he was born in the Nawzad district of Helmand province. He is 49-year-old and Pashton. Ansari’s father was a member of parliament under King Zahir Shah. He received his bachelor in education and training and completed his master and specialization in the military field. He served the Transport Ministry during the Taliban regime. Later on, he served as deputy police chief for Helmand, crime branch chief and police chief of Logar and Herat provinces.

9-Batur Dostum:

Batur Dostum is the Son of Abdul Rashid Dostum, he was born in 1988 in the capital of Jawzjan province. He is Uzbek by tribe and received his bachelor and master degrees in law and political science from the Ghazi University of Turkey. He served as acting chief of the Jumbish-i-Milli party. He is a member of the Wolesi Jirga, In-charge of Jumbesh youth wing, head of Dostum Foundation, civil society activist and the director of a private TV channel. He is also part of the government negotiating team.

10-Abdul Hafeez Mansour:

Abdul Hafeez Mansour is the Son of Mohammad Hussain, Hafeez Mansour was born in the Rakha district of Panjsher province. He is Tajik by ethnicity and has a bachelor in journalism from Kabul University. He has served as head of Bakhtar News Agency, acting minister of cultural and information and member of the Wolesi Jirga. He is a member of the Jamiat party, member of Fikar Jamiat writer group. He has been appointed as a member of the government’s negotiating team. 

11-Khalid Noor:

Khalid Noor, son of Atta Mohammad Noor, was born in 1995 in Balkh province and He is Tajik. After completing his secondary school education in Afghanistan, Khalid moved to the United Kingdom, where he studied at the Royal Military Academy. He holds a bachelor degree in conflict analysis and resolution from the George Mason University in the US. He has participated in informal peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan politicians in Moscow and Doha. Khalil is a member of the government’s negotiating team. 

12-Ghairat Baheer:

Son of Haji Adam Khan, Ghairat Baheer was born in 1956 in the Urgon district of Paktika province. He earned a bachelor degree in diplomacy and he is Pashton. He was Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan under the Mujahidin government and served as Mujahidin’s representative in Saudi Arabia and Australia. He was also part of the Hezb-i-Islami team for talks with the government. He is currently head of HIA’s political wing and and general in charge of HIA foreign relations. Baheer is named as a member of the government’s negotiating delegation. 

13-Mohammad Rasoul Talib:

Mohammad Rasoul Talib is the son of Haji Lal Mohammad and born in 1963 in the Qarabagh district of southern Ghazni province. He is Hazara by tribe and  graduated from the Sultan Mahmood High School in Ghazni, he completed his higher education from the Kabul Medical University. He was imprisoned during the Khalq Democratic government. Following his release, he formed the Nasar Organisation in Peshawar.

Rasoul is the member of Wahdat-i-Islami party’s central committee. He has served as liaison officer of the party in Peshawar and as presidential advisor on social affairs. He participated in talks between Wahdat Islami and Hezb-i-Islami. He is member of government’s negotiating delegation.

14-Sharifa Zurmati Wardak:

She was born in 1968 in the Zurmat district of Paktia province. Zurmati is Pashton and completed her higher education in Pashto literature. She has been a member of the Wolesi Jirga and has served as a teacher, journalist and producer at the National Radio Television, spokesperson for the Ministry of Women Affairs and advisor to the same ministry.

Zurmati was also a member of the Independent Election Commission in 2014 and advisor to the president on human rights. She is a member of the government negotiating team.

15- Zarar Ahmad Muqbil:

Son of Mir Mohammad Usman, Muqbel was born 1965 in the Khawaja Sayaran area of Parwan’s capital. He is Tajik and completed his primary and intermediate studies in Parwan before graduating from Habibia High School in Kabul.

Muqbel was unable to complete his three and half year bachelor studies from Kabul’s Polytechnic University. He later completed bachelor degree in construction engineering. Imprisoned in 1987, he has served as deputy head of Ahmad Shah Masoud’s office, police chief of Parwan, first secretary at the Afghan embassy in Tehran, security assistant to the Interior Ministry, counter-narcotics minister and interior minister. He is now a member of the government negotiating team. 

16-Abdul Matin Baig:

Son of Abdul Mutalib Baig, Abdul Matin Baig was born in 1987 in the Hazar Samoch district of Takhar province and he is Uzbek. He completed his primary and intermediate studies in Takhar before graduating from the Amani High School in Kabul.

Baig got his bachelor degree in political affairs from the New Delhi University and masters in the same field from India’s Jawahar Lal Nehru University.

Baig served as policy advisor at the Ministry of Interior in 2011, member of Afghanistan’s delegation for the Afghanistan-US strategic dialogue, administrative and financial affairs head at the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and deputy head of NDS on provincial affairs.

His father was a Jamiat-i-Islami commander and served as a member of President Ashraf Ghani’s electoral team.

Baig is currently Ghani’s advisor and member of the government negotiating team.

17-Ghulam Farooq Majroh:

Son of Ghulam Sediq, Ghulam Farooq Majroh was born in 1969 in the Injeel district of Herat province. He Tajik and completed his school education from Darul Elam High School and served as deputy security head at Herat Corps, deputy head of NDS and Gulran district chief. Ghulam Farooq has a cordial relationship with jihadi leader Ismael Khan and Dr. Abdullah. He was member of emergency Loya Jirga, Loya Jirga convened for Afghanistan’s constitution and an conflict resolution analyst. He is is currently serving as a member of the Wolesi Jirga and has been named as member of the government’s negotiating team.

18-Fatema Gilani:

Son of Ghulam Sediq, Ghulam Farooq Majroh was born in 1969 in the Injeel district of Herat province. He Tajik and completed his school education from Darul Elam High School and served as deputy security head at Herat Corps, deputy head of NDS and Gulran district chief. Ghulam Farooq has a cordial relationship with jihadi leader Ismael Khan and Dr. Abdullah. He was member of emergency Loya Jirga, Loya Jirga convened for Afghanistan’s constitution and an conflict resolution analyst. He is is currently serving as a member of the Wolesi Jirga and has been named as member of the government’s negotiating team.

19-Kalimullah Naqibi:

Kalimullah Naqibi is the son of Mullah Naqib, he was born in 1981 in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province. He completed his primary and secondary school education in Pakistan and graduated from the Sufi Sahib High School in Kandahar. Naqibi has membership of the Jamiat-i-Islami party and enjoys good relations with Atta Mohammad Noor and President Ghani. He has been chosen as a member of the government negotiating team.

20-Mohammad Nateqi:

Nateqi was born in 1954 in the Panjab district of Bamyan province and he is Hazara. He completed his education from Iraq in philosophy, law and Islamic jurisprudence. He got master degree in politics and philosophy from Islamic Khpalwak University. Nateqi, a member of the Wahdat-i-Islami Mardom Afghanistan party and serve in the assistant capacity in the party. He also served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Libya from 2003 to 2007. Later on, he served as an advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He supported Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the 2019 presidential election. He has been chosen as a member of government negotiating team.

21-Maulvi Enayatullah Baligh:

Son of Zia-ul-Haq, he was born in 1955 in Kapisa province. He is Tajik and graduated from a high school in Kabul before receiving a bachelor degree in Islamic Studies from the Kabul University. Baligh has served as minister of religious affairs, deputy head of the Kapisa University and a lecturer at the Kabul University. He is currently the Imam (prayer leader) at the Pul-i-Kheshti Mosque and enjoys cordial relations with Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf. He is one of the members of the government’s negotiating team.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly all members of the Taliban negotiating team are aged above 40 years of age. However, one member is 26-year-old. Most of them have studied at private seminaries and belong to 14 different provinces of the country -- mostly Paktia and Kandahar.

Five of them have spent years in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and one has served a term in Bagram prison. Pajhwok Afghan News has prepared short biographies of the 21-member Taliban negotiating team.

1-Maulvi Sheikh Abdul Hakeem Haqqani:

Abdul Hakeem Haqqani is the son of Mullah Khudadad Akhund. Haqqani was born in the Talokan village of Kandahar’s Panjwai district. Originally from the Band-i-Timor area of Maiwand district, he is 63 years old and belongs to Ishaqzai tribe. He has graduated from the Haqqani seminary and moved to the Sangin district of Helmand province from Kandahar, where he was an imam (prayer leader) before joining the Taliban.

At the start of Taliban Islamic Movement, Haqqani was a close companion of Mullah Mohammad Omar. He played crucial role in founding the movement. During the Taliban regime, Haqqani was a teacher at a seminary in Kandahar and served as Supreme Court member.

He played a key role in evolving Taliban’s judicial structure on the direction of Mullah Omar. When Haibatullah was Taliban’s Supreme Court chief, Haqqani headed the appellant court. After the appointment of Haibatullah as Taliban’s supreme leader, Haqqani was named as the Supreme Court head.

He also had his own seminary in the Ishaqabad area of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Last year, an explosion took place at his seminary, killing two of his sons -- Abdul Ali and Abdul Halim -- and his nephew. Currently serving as chief of Taliban’s Supreme Court, he has been chosen as Taliban’s chief negotiator.

2-Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai:

Abbas Stanikzai is the son of Pacha Khan, Stanikzai. He was born in 1959 in the Abbas Qala area of the Baraki Barak district of central Logar province. He received early education at a village mosque and the Omar Khan School in Kabul. He graduated from the Harbi University of Kabul. He received his higher education in the military field in India. He has also been a military officer.

Stanikzai has served as a military expert for the Jamiat-i-Islami and Ittehad-i-Islami parties, as well as the military head of the Harakat-i-Inqilab Islami party. A member of Taliban’s political commission, he has been deputy head and chief of the movement’s political office for the past 19 years.

Stanikzai has been in charge of Taliban’s political affairs. A member of the political office, he leads the Taliban bureau in the absence of Mullah Baradar. Stanikzai has also decision-making authority. He has membership of the Taliban’s leadership council.

Recently, he was appointed as deputy head of the Taliban’s negotiating team. Stanikzai can fluently speak English, Urdu, Pashto and Dari languages. His family is living in Dubai. 

3-Mullah Mohammad Faazel Mazlum:

Mullah Mohammad Faazel Mazlum, who is 54-year-old, belongs to Uruzgan province. He studied at Pakistani seminaries. Mazlum worked as deputy defence minister, chief of army staff and military commander during the Taliban regime. He surrendered to Gen. Dostum’s militia in 2001 and was handed over to Americans. He spent around 13 years in Guantanamo Bay. Faazel, a member of Taliban’s political office, is also part of the movement’s negotiating team. He is currently living in Qatar along with his family.

In 2014, Faazel was released along with four other Taliban leaders from the Cuba detention centre and transferred to Qatar after being exchanged with an American prisoner.

4-Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi:

Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi, the son of Ali Murad, was born in 1969 in the Gardan village of Darzab district of Jawzjan. An ethnic Uzbek, he completed his primary education in Jawzjan and higher studies in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi. He has served as a lecturer in Law and Political Science at Kabul University. He has also been director of education in Farah and acting minister of education during the Taliban regime. After the fall of the Taliban, he was appointed as a governor and Taliban military head for Jawzjan and then as a member of the Taliban’s leadership council;. Hanafi is the deputy head of Taliban’s political office and a member the Taliban negotiating team. He also lives in Qatar along with his family.

5- Mullah Abdul Manan Umari:

Umari is a resident of the Maiwand district of Kandahar province and belongs to Hotak tribe. He is the step-brother of Taliban founder Mullah Omar. Umari is the head of Dawa and head of Taliban’s recruitment and complaint commissions. He is a member of the Taliban leadership council and currently part of the group’s negotiating team. Umari has led the Taliban’s cultural wing and lived in Pakistan, where he ran several seminaries.

6-Maulvi Abdul Kabeer:

Maulvi Abdul Kabeer was born in 1972 in the Tangi Zadran village of Nahrain district of Baghlan province. He has served as governor of Nangarhar, director of order in the eastern zone, deputy director of ministerial council on economic affairs in Kabul. He remained the head of the Taliban Council in Peshawar after the fall of the Taliban regime and was involved in anti-government activities in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan.

Maulvi Kabeer is also a member of the Taliban’s leadership council and currently a member of the Taliban delegation for peace talks with government. He also serves as the head of the Taliban’s Dawa commission. According to Pakistani media reports, he was arrested by Pakistan police in Nowshera area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2009 and released after spending several months in jail.

7-Mullah Amir Khan Mutaqi:

Mullah Amir Khan Mutaqi is the son of Haji Nader Khan. Mutaqi was born in 1970 in the Zargho village of Nad Ali district of Helmand province. He completed religious education and studied books on Prophet Hazrat Muhammad’s life and Hadith.

During the Taliban regime, Mutaqi served as director of culture and information in Kandahar and head of Voice of Sharia Radio. He also served as minister of culture and information and spokesman for the Taliban movement.

After the fall of the Taliban, Mutaqi worked as head of the movement’s cultural commission, a member of its political office in Qatar. He also worked as director at the office of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhund before being appointed as a member of the negotiating team.

8-Mullah Noorullah Noori:

Mullah Noorullah Noori, the son of Maulvi Ghulam Omaruddin, was born in 1971 in the Cheshma Bahramkhel village of the Shajoy district of Zabul province. Noori completed his preliminary and higher education at different seminaries and mosques in the country.

He has served as deputy police chief for Khost, governor of Maidan Wardak, Balkh and Laghman provinces and military commander in the northern zone. He surrendered to Gen. Dostum’s loyalists in 2001 after the fall of the Taliban regime. Dostum handed him over the Americans, who transferred him in 2002 to Guantanamo Bay, where he spent about 13 years. Noori is one of the members of the Taliban negotiating team, living in Qatar with his family.

9-Qari Din Mohammad Hanif:

Son of Qari Mohammad Nazeer, Hanif was born in 1963 in the Yaftal district of Badakhshan province. He received religious education in Peshawar and later served as minister of higher education and planning during Taliban rule. He also held talks with the Northern Alliance in Turkmenistan. He speaks fluent Arabic and Dari and is the first Taliban leader to appear before the media and speak on behalf of the group during an academic seminar at a Japanese University. He currently lives in Qatar with his family.

Hanif is a member of the Taliban negotiating team, leadership council and political office, as well as head of the movement’s the Central Asia Relations department.

10-Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor:

Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor, son of Yar Mohammad, hails from the Haibatkhel village of the Zurmat district of Paktia province. He is the nephew of former jihadi leader Maulvi Nasrullah Mansoor. He is about 53 years old. A member of the Qatar political office, he is also part of the Taliban negotiating team. Mansoor was previously associated with Harakat-i-Inqilab Islami party, led by, Maulvi Nasrullah Mansoor. During the Taliban regime he served as agriculture minister and governor of Paktia and spent most of his life in Pakistan. He completed Islamic studies from the Haqqania seminary.

After the fall of the Taliban, he served as the group’s military chief for Nangarhar and Logar provinces. For a short time, he was the head of the Taliban’s political commission. Mansoor is currently living in Qatar with his family.

11-Mullah Mohammad Shirin Akhund:

Son of Haji Mullah Mohammad Ibrahim, Akhund is a resident of the Sanzaree village of the Zherai district of Kandahar. He received his early education at home before studying Hadiths. Sherin served as head of security for former Taliban leader Mullah Omar

After 2001, he served as head of Taliban’s commission for Kandahar and central military commission’s chief for the western zone. Later, he served as governor of Herat. He also worked as head of the military commission for the northern and eastern provinces. He was in charge of the Taliban’s intelligence commission before being nominated as governor of Kandahar. At the same time, he worked as commander of the Taliban’s suicide brigade for southwestern provinces.

He is currently a member of the negotiating team and has been on the Taliban’s leadership council.

12- Sheik Mohammad Qasem Rasikh:

Son of Mullah Juma Nazar, Rashikh was born in 1971 in the Anpakal village of the Faizabad district of Jawzjan province. He is a Turkmen, who received his early modern and religious education in the country. He received his higher education in Hijrat Dayar and completed the hadith course at Mazhar-ul-Uloom and Dar-ul-Uloom in Khyber Pakhtunkhw’a Sawabi district.

Rasikh has been teaching Sharia and Arabic for 15 years at various religious schools across the country. He also remained associated with Hijrat Dayar for 10 years.

After 2001, he served as a member of Taliban’s Dawa commission, head of the Jawzjan commission and a military tribunal judge for 20 eastern and northern provinces. He is currently a member of the negotiating team as we as a member of the Taliban’s leadership council.

13- Maulvi Fariduddin Mahmood:

Maulvi Fariduddin Mahmood is the son of Maulvi Mohammad Alam. He is a resident of Sharan, the capital of Paktika province. Hailing from the Sulaimankhel tribe, he is a former jihadi commander, who received his religious education in Kohat and Mardan districts of Pakistan. He graduated from Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqani in Akora Khattak. He was a close associate of Maulvi Nasrullah Mansoor and had his own front.

After Mujahidin’s victory, he served as governor of Paktia and during the Taliban regime, deputy director of the humanities department, the Academy of Sciences and as a member of the education department. He is a member of the Taliban negotiation team now.

14- Maulvi Matiulhaq Khales:

Maulvi Matiulh Haq Khalis is a resident of Nangarhar province. He was born in 1961 in Khogyani district. He is the son of former jihadi commander Maulvi Khalis. He holds a bachelor degree in Islamic Law from the Islamic University of Madina and a master degree in Islamic Studies from the Punjab University in Lahore.

He served as director of education in Nangarhar under the mujahideen government, and the deputy director of education in Nangarhar during the Taliban regime. He emigrated with Maulvi Mohammad Yunus Khalis after the fall of the Taliban.

He formed a special front called the Tora Bora Mahaz. He is currently a member of Taliban’s negotiating with government.

15-Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa:

Khairkhwa, the son of Syed Wali Khairkhwa, is 53 years old. He was born in the Gohari village of Arghistan district of Kandahar. After the communist coup, he migrated with his family to Pakistan, where he received religious education at the Sarano camp in Quetta, then at Charat Jamia Mohammadia in Kohat. Mullah Khairullah, who has memorized the Holy Quran, can speak Dari, Arabic, English, Pashto and Urdu.

In 2014, he was released along with four other Taliban leaders from Gnatanamo Bay in exchange for an American prisoner and was transferred to Qatar. He is currently living in Qatar with his family. He is part of Taliban’s political office and member of the negotiating team.

16-Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar:

Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar is the son of Syed Akbar, who been as a Wolesi Jirga member under Zahir Shah’s monarchy. He was born in 1962 in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar province. Dilawar held several positions during the Taliban regime. Dilawar is a member of the Taliban political office and part of the movement’s negotiating team. He was Afghanistan’s consul general in Peshawar, then ambassador in Islamabad and Riyadh during the Taliban era. He also served as head of the Court of Cassation. Dilawar can speak Arabic, English, Dari and Pashto fluently and had completed his higher education and currently living with his family in Qatar.

17- Mullah Abdul Haq Waseeq:

 

Mullah Abdul Haq Waseeq is the son of Mullah Mohammad Saleemzai. Waseeq is the resident of Gharib Qala village of Khogyani district of Ghazni province. He is nearly 49 years old and has completed his religious studies from the Zia-ul-Madares in Pakistan’s Quetta city. He was culture and information head for Nimroz, police chief for Kandahar, intelligence director for the same province and deputy chief of intelligence during the Taliban era. Waseeq was arrested in the Maqor district of Ghazni province in 2001 and was sent to Guantanamo Bay. He was released in a prisoner swap deal after spending 12 years in the US military prison. He also attended the US, Taliban negotiations that lasted 11 months and resulted in signing of the peace agreement Now part of the Taliban negotiating team and in charge of relations with European countries. He lives in Qatar with his family.

18- Mohammad Nabi Umari:

Mohammad Nabi Umari is 59 years old and hails from Khost province. He has served as Taliban’s military expert besides acting as intelligence head for Zabul province. He was arrested in 2002 in Khost and transferred to Guantanamo Bay from Bagram jail. He remained there for 12 years.

He held several positions during the Taliban regime. Umari was a member of Hezb-i-Islami and Haqqani Network. He is now a member of the Taliban’s political office. He has been head of public relations department, Taliban’s representative to the United Nations and international organisations. Now he is a member of the Taliban’s negotiating team. Currently, he lives in Qatar with his family.

19- Suhail Shaheen:

Suhail Shaheen was born in the Totakhel area of Ahmadabad district of Paktia province. He did Master in English literature from Kabul University and has obtained a Journalism diploma as well. He can speak English and is author of several books. He was in charge of The Kabul Times during the Taliban regime. He served as a deputy envoy of Taliban to the United Nations and second secretary at Afghanistan’s embassy in Islamabad. He has been a spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs, as well as the Taliban’s Qatar office. He was recently picked as a member of the Taliban negotiating team. He is currently living with his family in Qatar.

20- Anas Haqqani:

Anas Haqqani, 26, is a resident of Paktia province. He is the son of renowned jihadi leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, who founded the dreaded Haqqani Network. His brother Sirajuddin Haqqani leads the network. Anas was arrested in 2014 and transferred to Qatar after spending six years in Bagram jail.

He is a member of the Taliban Qatar Office and part of the Taliban negotiating team. He lives in Qatar but his relatives are based in Pakistan.

21- Dr. Mohammad Naeem:

Naeem is a resident of Maidan Wardak’s Chak district. He was born in 1974. Naeem studied at the Shahadat Madrasa in Chak district. He completed higher religious studies at Haqqani Madrassa in Pakistan and obtained a doctorate from Islamabad’s Islamic University in Arabic Literature. Besides Pashto and Dari, Naeem speaks English as well.  He was a member of the Taliban negotiating team during talks with the US. He has replaced Suhail Shaheen as Taliban Qatar office spokesperson.

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