Ministry of Defense (Afghanistan)

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Ministry of Defense
Pashto: د افغانستان ملی دفاع وزارت‎
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Department overview
Jurisdiction Afghanistan
Headquarters Kabul
Minister responsible Bismillah Khan Mohammadi
Website www.mod.gov.af
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The Afghan Ministry of Defense (Pashto: د افغانستان ملی دفاع وزارت) is an organ of the Central Government of Afghanistan, overseeing the entire Afghan Armed Forces. The current defense minister is General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi. His predecessor was General Abdul Rahim Wardak. Zahir Azimi is the Major General and spokesman of the Ministry of Defense.

From late 2001 to 2004, Mohammed Fahim served as the Defense Minister but was not reappointed, after being accused of illegally occupying land in Kabul. During the same period, Abdul Rahim Wardak was the Deputy Minister. In December 2004, President Hamid Karzai appointed Wardak as the new Defense Minister. He resigned in August 2012.

One of the functions of the Defense Ministry is the continuance of disarming insurgent groups through programmes such as the Afghan New Beginnings Programme. These militant groups coalesced from warlords and former army personnel after the collapse of the Najibullah government in 1992.

List of Defense Ministers[edit]


No. Name Took Office Left Office Political Party
* Ghulam Haidar Rasuli 1977 April 1978 Republican
* Abdul Qadir Dagarwal May 1978 August 1978 PDPA-Parcham
* Mohammad Aslam Watanjar 30 March 1979 July 1979 PDPA-Khalq
* Hafizullah Amin July 1979 27 December 1979 PDPA-Khalq
* Mohammed Rafie 28 December 1980 1982 PDPA-Parcham
* Abdul Qadir Dagarwal 1982 September 1984 PDPA-Parcham
* Nazar Mohammad September 1984 1986 PDPA-Khalq
* Mohammed Rafie December 1986 May 1988 PDPA-Parcham
* Shahnawaz Tanai May 1988 March 1990 PDPA-Khalq
* Mohammad Aslam Watanjar March 1990 April 1992 PDPA-Khalq
* Ahmad Shah Massoud April 1992 September 2001 Jamiat-e Islami
* Obaidullah Akhund 1996 2001 Taliban
* Mohammed Fahim September 2001 23 December 2004 Jamiat-e Islami
* Abdul Rahim Wardak 23 December 2004 7 August 2012 None
* Enayatullah Nazari (Temporary Acting Minister) 8 August 2012 15 September 2012
* Bismillah Khan Mohammadi 15 September 2012 Present Jamiat-e Islami

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