Sardar Shah Wali Khan

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Sardar Shah Wali Khan
Medal for Mohammed Asif Safi.jpg
Photo of Sardar Shah Wali Khan and General Mohammed Asif Safi and then Prime Minister Mohammad Daoud Khan in background
Born 1888
Died April 1977
Nationality Afghan
Occupation Army Officer, Home Minister, Diplomat
Known for Military service, Leadership, Pashtunwali

Sardar Shah Wali Khan (Pashto: سردار شاه ولی خان)(April 16, 1888 – April 1977) also known as Field Marshal Sardar Shah Wali Khan Ghazi was a political and military figure in Afghanistan. He was a member of the Musahiban and uncle of King Mohammad Zahir Shah and President Mohammed Daoud Khan. He was full brother of Prime Minister Sardar Shah Mahmud Khan, King Mohammed Nadir Shah and half-brother of Prime Minister Mohammad Hashim Khan.[1][2][3]

He was the father of His Royal Highness Prince Lieutenant-General Sardar Abdul Wali Khan, senior cousin and power behind the throne of king Mohammed Zahir Shah during the 1963-1973 constitutional period and throughout their exile.


  • Commander of Royal Bodyguard in 1906
  • Commander of Cavalry Corps in 1921
  • Equerry to King Amanullah Khan in 1924
  • Commander-in-chief of the army that defeated Habibullah Kalakani (also known as Bacha-ye Saqqow) and captured Kabul on 10 October 1929, for which he received the titles of Ghazi and Fateh Kabul ("Conqueror of Kabul").
  • Viceroy to King Nader Shah in 1929
  • Acting Minister for Defence from 1935 to 1936
  • Acting Prime Minister from 1936 to 1937
  • Ambassador to Pakistan from 1948 to 1949.[4]


  1. ^ Dupree, Louis (1980). Afghanistan. Princeton University Press. pp. 475, 498. 
  2. ^ "The Royal Ark". 
  3. ^ "Afghanistan History". 
  4. ^ "The Royal Ark".