Mohammad Musa Shafiq

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Mohammad Musa Shafiq
(Pashto: محمد موسی شفيق )
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Prime Minister of Afghanistan
In office
12 December 1972 – 17 July 1973
Monarch Mohammad Zahir Shah
Preceded by Abdul Zahir
Succeeded by Nur Muhammad Taraki (1978–1979)
Personal details
Born 1932
Kama District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Died 1979
Kabul, Afghanistan
Political party Independent

Mohammad Musa Shafiq (1932–1979) was Prime Minister of Afghanistan. He was an Afghan politician and poet. He became Foreign Minister in 1971 and Prime Minister in December 1972. He lost both positions when Mohammed Zahir Shah was overthrown on July 17, 1973. He survived throughout the regime of Mohammed Daoud Khan, but was arrested after the 1978 communist coup d'état and executed along with many other anti-communist politicians in 1979.

Early life[edit]

Mohammad Musa Shafiq was born in Kama district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan in 1932. Son of prominent Afghan politicians, civil servants and religious leader Mawlawi Mohammad Ibraheem Kamavi.


Mohammad Musa Shafiq was graduated from Kabul Arabic Religious High School. He earned his Master's degree from Al-Azhar University in Egypt. "He earned an additional Master's degree from Columbia University in New York, United States of America."[1]

Prime minister[edit]

As prime minister, Shafiq supported reforms of the largely conservative society of Afghanistan. He also sought closer ties with the United States and promised a crack-down on opium growing and smuggling.[2] Shafiq was prime Minister for seven months.


  1. ^ Biography of Mohammad Musa Shafiq, Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  2. ^ Anderson, Jack (2 March 1973) "The Afghanistan Connection" The Syracuse Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York) page 5, column 3