Mohammad Arif Noorzai

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Mohammad Arif Khan Noorzai
Minister of Water and Energy
In office
28 October 2013 – November 2014
President Hamid Karzai
Preceded by Ismail Khan
Succeeded by Ghulam Faruq Qarizadeh
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Nationality Afghanistan
Occupation Legislator, Minister
Known for Tribal leader

Mohammad Arif Noorzai (born 1959) was a former minister of Border and Tribe Affairs for Afghanistan. He was elected to represent Kandahar Province in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of its National Legislature, in 2005. He is the first deputy speaker of Afghanistan Wolesi Jirga and his current position is the Advisor of President Hamid Karzai for security and tribal affairs[1] He is a member of the Pashtun ethnic group, and the Noorzai tribe. A report on Kandahar prepared at the Navy Postgraduate School stated he is first deputy speaker, and that he is related to President Hamid Karzai through marriage, and that he is a high school graduate.

Early life[edit]

Mohammad Arif Khan Noorzai was born in 1959 at Kandahar province of Afghanistan. Whilst going to school at the province during his early life, he studied Faculty of Agriculture at Kabul University but was unable to complete his studies due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. His family moved during the war towards Pakistan where they settled before returning to Afghanistan soon after.


  1. ^ "Profile: Kandahar Profile" (PDF). Navy Postgraduate School. January 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-31.