Ministry of Interior Affairs (Afghanistan)

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Ministry of Interior
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JurisdictionGovernment of Afghanistan
HeadquartersKabul, Afghanistan
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The Ministry of Interior Affairs (Pashto: د افغانستان د کورنیو چارو وزارت ‎) is headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is responsible for law enforcement in Afghanistan. It maintains the Afghan National Police, Afghan Special Narcotics Force, Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, and the Afghan Public Protection Force.[1][2] It also supervises the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers (GDPDC).[3]

List of ministers[edit]

The Minister is also the Cabinet member responsible for the administration of Afghanistan's Provinces.

Name Date Notes
Mohammad Gul Khan Momand 1930s
Abdul Qadir Nuristani 1975 - ?
Khairullah Khairkhwa 1997 - 1998
Abdur Razzaq ? — May 2000 — ?
Yunus Qanuni December 7, 2001 — 19 June 2002
  • Participated in the Bonn conference that confirmed Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's interim leader.[6]
  • A leader in the Northern Alliance
  • Resigned from the Interior Ministry, and became Education Minister.
  • Ran for President against Hamid Karzai.
Taj Mohammad Wardak 19 June 2002 — January 28, 2003
Ali Ahmad Jalali January 28, 2003 — September 27, 2005
Ahmad Moqbel Zarar September 28, 2005 — October 11, 2008
  • Was the deputy Minister when Jalali resigned.[7]
  • Was appointed acting Minister before his appointment was made permanent.
Mohamad Hanif Atmar October 11, 2008 — July 2010
Bismillah Khan Mohammadi July 2010 — September 2012
Mujtaba Patang 15 September 2012 — 22 July 2013
Mohammad Omar Daudzai 1 September 2013 — 9 December 2014
Mohammad Ayub Salangi
9 December 2014 - 27 January 2015
Nur ul-Haq Ulumi 27 January 2015 — 24 February 2016
Taj Muhammad Jahid 24 February 2016 — 13 August 2017
Wais Barmak 13 August 2017 — Jan 2019 masoud Andrabi is appointed as acting minister 12-feb - 2019 to present

Police Forces[edit]

During the Taliban's administration[edit]

Mohammad Khaksar a former Taliban deputy Minister of the Interior is notable because he is reported to have been spying on the Taliban. Khaksar was assassinated on January 14, 2006 by Taliban gunmen.[9]

(NOTE: Abdul-Samad Khaksar served as interior minister from 1995-97. He was replaced with Khairullah Khairkhwah, then Abdul-Razzaq Akhundzada.

Scott Baldauf (October 15, 2004). "Peaceful vote diminishes Taliban: The Afghan rebels had threatened violence to disrupt Saturday's elections, but failed to deliver". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2007-02-27.</ref>

Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts described Khirullah Khairkhwa as a former Taliban Minister of the Interior.[dead link][10][11][12] However, during his second annual Administrative Review Board hearing Khirullah Khairkhwa disputed this allegation.


  1. ^ "Afghanistan: Top Security Official Resigns Amid Controversy". Radio Free Europe. September 28, 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  2. ^ [1]: Official Site of the Afghan Public Protection Force.
  3. ^ State Department Human Rights Report
  4. ^ Scott Baldauf, Owais Tohid (May 8, 2003). "Taliban appears to be regrouped and well-funded: A new hierarchy of leaders has emerged across parts of Afghanistan". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  5. ^ "Background paper on Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Afghanistan" (PDF). United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. April 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 21, 2006. Retrieved February 27, 2007.
  6. ^ "Qanooni talks tough against Pak". The Tribune (India). December 7, 2001. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  7. ^ Mudassir Ali Shah (September 30, 2005). "Karzai, Musharraf vow joint anti-terror drive". Daily Times. Pakistan. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  8. ^ Afghan President, Pressured, Reshuffles Cabinet by John F. Burns, New York Times, October 11, 2008
  9. ^ "Afghan president condemns assassination of former interior minister". People's Daily. January 16, 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-27.
  10. ^ OARDEC (October 7, 2005). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Khairkhwa, Khirullah Said Wali" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 38–41. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  11. ^ OARDEC (June 16, 2006). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Khairkhwa, Khirullah Said Wali" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 83–85. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  12. ^ OARDEC (June 2006). "Summary of Administrative Review Board Proceedings for ISN 579" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. 34–44. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2007-10-07.

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