Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai

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Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai
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Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai in December 2011
Grand Council Chieftain of the Kuchis
Personal details
Born October 29, 1960 (age 54)
Logar Province, Afghanistan
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Farrah Ghani
Children Sultan Zamari Ghani, Amel Ghani, Hannah Ghani
Occupation CEO and Founder of the Ghani Group
Religion Islam

Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai is an Afghan politician who is the Grand Council Chieftain of the Kuchis.[1][2] He is usually referred to as Hashmat Ghani, while Ahmadzai is the name of his tribe. Ghani oversees the Ahmadzai, one of the largest Pashtun tribes, a significant portion of which resides on the southeastern side of the Durand Line in Waziristan, which is semi-controlled by Pakistan.[3] Ghani was a candidate in the 2014 presidential election[4]

Early years[edit]

Ghani was born on October 29, 1960 in the Logar Province of Afghanistan. An ethnic Pashtun from an influential Ahmadzai tribe, Ghani’s grandfather brought King Zahir Shah’s father, King Mohammed Nadir Shah, into power in the early 20th century.[5] His father served King Zahir Shah in many ministerial roles, last holding the title of Minister of Transport from the late 1950s until the King was deposed in 1973. Following the overthrow of the King's government, Ghani and his family joined the former King and royalists in exile as part of what came to be known as the Rome Group, which flourished as a political organization though it was not a formal political party.[6]

Grand Council Chieftain of the Kuchis[edit]

Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai, chief of the Grand Council of Kuchis, is among the wealthiest and most influential Kuchis, thanks to a large family inheritance based on land ownership as well as a successful transport company. He is also a vice president of an American security and reconstruction company. As chief of the Kuchi council, which represents the interests of largely settled Kuchi tribes, Ghani deals with important Afghan politicians, including President Hamid Karzai. But he says ideas he has put forward to improve life for the poorest nomads, such as providing community centers and integrating them into settled societies, Ghani advocated the establishment of an office for nomadic affairs within Karzai's administration. The office, according to Ghani's vision, would help mediate land disputes and work to build trust among Kuchis and northern ethnic groups.[7] He became the Grand Council Chieftain of the Kuchis in 2002.

The Ghani Group[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Having studied in Afghanistan, France, and in the United States. He earned his MBA in International Trade and Marketing and remains an active businessman in Afghanistan.[8]

Brother of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, former Finance Minister of Afghanistan. Ghani is married and has three children: two boys and a girl.