Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai

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Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai
حشمت غنی احمدزی
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Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai in December 2011
Grand Council Chieftain of the Kuchis
Personal details
Born October 29, 1960 (age 56)
Logar, Afghanistan
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Feriha Ghani
Relations Ashraf Ghani (brother)
Children Sultan Ghani
Aimal Ghani
Hannah Ghani
Website HashmatGhaniAhmadzai

Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai (Pashto/Persian: حشمت غنی احمدزی‎‎) is an Afghan politician who is the Grand Council Chieftain of the Kuchis.[1][2] 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 that was won by his elder brother, Ashraf Ghani.[4]

Early years[edit]

Ghani was born on October 29, 1959 in the Logar Province of Afghanistan. An ethnic Pashtun from the Ahmadzai tribe of the Ghilji, 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. He has been convicted of embezzlement and cannot return to the US, his brother Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, does not recognize his brother and has cut all ties with him and his family.As chief of the Kuchi council, which represents the interests of largely settled Kuchi tribes, Ghani deals with important Afghan politicians, including former 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.

Personal life[edit]

Brother of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the current president of Afghanistan.[8] Ghani is married to Feriha Ghani, and has three children, Aimal, Hannah, and Sultan Ghani.

See also[edit]


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