Sun, Sep

Biographies of some ministers-designate


new-cabinetGiven bellow are biographies of some ministers-designate, who were introduced to parliament by the national unity government.

1.Noorul Haq Ulumi, Minister of Interior, is the son of Abdul Azim Ulumi and was born on August 15, 1941 in Kabul. He went to Habibia High School before joining the Military Academy. He has two sons and a daughter, who currently live in Holland. Ulumi completed an officer’s training course in 1972 and later on went to the US for higher studies. Apart from serving in various positions in the army, he also taught for 11 years on officers’ training programmes. In 1980 he was held as a political prisoner in Pul-i-Charkhi prison. In 1982 Ulomi was designated as commander of 1st central corpse and then became commander of 2nd corps in Kandahar. In 1982 he travelled to the former Soviet Union for higher educations. He is leader of Mutahid-i-Milli party and executive head of national coalition. He has also served as head of the defence committee of Wolesi Jirga.
2.Mahmood Saiqal, Minister of Energy and Water, was born in Kabul. He has studied development and diplomacy, having held several positions including deputy foreign minister, advisor to the UN and other international organisations and ambassador to Australia. He has double bachelors in design and architecture and a master’s in international development from Australia.
3.Syed Hussein Alami Balkhi, Minister of Refugees, is the son of Syed Mir Aqa and was born in 1975 in Balkh province. He is married with five sons and two daughters. He holds a doctorate in Islamic Studies from an Iranian university. He was a cabinet member in the Hamid Karzai administration and was also a member of parliament
4.Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghli, Minister of Economy, is a son of Rahman Bhai. Born in 1965 in Faryab province, he is married and has four daughters and two sons. He has a master’s degree in radio and television.
He has held several positions in national radio and TV, Balkh University, commerce department, editorial positions in media and was also head of Radio Liberty in Turkey.
1.Mohammad Gul Zalmai Younusi, Minister of Education, is a son of Mohammad Younusi and was born in 1958 in Balkh province. He has a degree in law and political science from Kabul University. Earlier, he worked as a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office and actively participated in several Loya Jirgas.
2.Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is the son of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani. Born in 1972 in Kabul, he has has a degree in marketing and management from Malik Fahd University in Saudi Arabia and a master’s degree in the same field from the Kingston University in the UK. His second master’s degree is in International Relations from Columbia University of New York. He has worked as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Turkey and was appointed as head of the High Peace Council after the assassination of his father.
3.Dr. Ahmad Sayar Mahjoor, Minister of Justice, was born in 1965 in Baghlan province. He has degrees in Islamic Studies and political science from Pakistan and later on went for higher education to France, where he studied law, philosophy and sociology. He has taught in French universities besides working in Afghan parliament as an advisor.
4.Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, is a son of Ghulam Mohiuddin and was born in 1971. He has studied medicine in various universities such as Jaipur University in India, Medical Academy of Afghan Army, and Kabul University. He has worked as deputy public health minister and World Bank advisor.
5.Najiba Ayubi, Minister of Women’s Affairs, was born in Parwan province. She has degrees in journalism and literature. She has worked as head of Radio Killid in Kabul.
6. Barna Karimi, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, was born in 1974 in Kabul. He has a master’s degree in marketing from Phoenix University in California.  He has held many positions including deputy chief of staff of the president, and ambassador to Canada.
7. Nasir Ahmad Durrani, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, has a development degree from the Nebraska University in the US, and engineering degree from the Kabul Polytechnic University.
He has worked as deputy minister of mines.