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
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 Government of Afghanistan, overseeing the Afghan Armed Forces. Its headquarters is located in Kabul.[1]

The defense minister is nominated by the President of Afghanistan and the National Assembly makes the final approval.

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 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 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
* MUJAHIDEEN April 1992 1995 MUJAHIDEEN
* Saadullah Popal (acting) 1996 1997 Taliban
* Obaidullah Akhund April 1997 9 September 2001 Taliban
* Mohammed Fahim 9 September 2001 23 December 2004 Jamiat-e Islami
* Abdul Rahim Wardak 23 December 2004 7 August 2012 Mahaz-e-Milli-ye Islami
* Enayatullah Nazari (acting) 8 August 2012 15 September 2012 Jamiat-e Islami
* Bismillah Khan Mohammadi 15 September 2012 24 May 2015 Jamiat-e Islami
* Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai (acting) 24 May 2015 20 June 2016 Jamiat-e Islami
* Abdullah Habibi 20 June 2016 24 April 2017
* Tariq Shah Bahrami (acting) 24 April 2017
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Afghanistan gets 'mini-Pentagon' as troops struggle". Associated Press. June 12, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 

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