Abdul Rahman (Afghan minister)

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Abdul Rahman
Died February 14, 2002(2002-02-14)
Nationality Afghanistan
Known for Cabinet minister

Abdul Rahman (Arabic: عبد الرحمن‎‎) was the aviation and tourism minister of Afghanistan until his death on February 14, 2002.[1]

He was murdered in what appeared to be a mob attack on his plane at Kabul International Airport by pilgrims angry that they had been unable to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.[1] Witnesses and officials said pilgrims beat the minister to death and tossed his body to the tarmac. However, President Hamid Karzai accused six senior government officials of the murder, saying that they were motivated by a long-standing feud.[2][3] Three were arrested and the others were being sought in Saudi Arabia. Karzai said five ministers, including the head of the intelligence ministry, General Abdullah Tawhedi; the technical deputy of the Ministry of Defense, General Qalander Big, and a Supreme Court justice, Haji Halim and 15 other suspects have been linked to the assassination.

His widow is Frozan Fana, a medical doctor.[1] She was a candidate in the Afghan presidential election, 2009.


  1. ^ a b c Rosie Dimanno (2009-08-15). "Taking on Afghanistan's patriarchy: Two women seeking presidency subjected to smears and hostility in fight for reform". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Afghan minister murder probe begins". BBC News. February 20, 2002. 
  3. ^ Synovitz, Ron (February 21, 2002). "Afghanistan: Rift In Government Surfaces Over Killing Of Minister". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.