Abdul Samad Khaksar

Mullah Abdul Samad Khaksar (1960 – January 14, 2006)[1] served as Minister or Deputy Minister of Interior for Afghanistan under the Taliban government.[2] He was born around 1960 in Kandahar. He received a madrasa education and fought under Hezbi Islami commander, Mawlawi Abdul Raziq Muhammad Hasan in Kandahar during the 1980s. He was the Taliban Intelligence Minister from 1994 to 1996 and was later appointed as depth Interior Minister from 1996 to 2001 during the Taliban rule. He also reportedly met with US officials in Peshawar in 1999, offering them help in dealing with Osama bin Laden, but his offer was turned down.[3]

He renounced the Taliban following the US-led invasion in 2001. Abdul Samad became a vocal critic of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. In September 2005 he unsuccessfully ran for Afghanistan's new parliament.[4]

Abdul Samad was killed near his home in Kandahar in January 2006, by two men riding motorcycles. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing.[4]

He was one of five individuals the United Nations officially removed from its sanction list in 2010.[5] The four other men were: Abdul Salam Zaeef, former ambassador to Pakistan; Abdul Satar Paktin, formerly the Taliban's Deputy Minister of Public Health; Muhammad Islam Mohammadi, former Governor of Bamiyan Province; and Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad Awrang, former envoy to the United Nations. Two of the other men were also deceased.


  1. ^ Airstrike by U.S. Draws Protests From Pakistanis
  2. ^ John R. Bolton (2003). "Denied Persons Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution". United States Federal Registry. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  3. ^ Felix Kuehn, Alex Strick van Linschoten (23 August 2012). An Enemy We Created: The Myth of the Taliban-Al Qaeda Merger in Afghanistan. Oxford University Press. p. 477. ISBN 9780199977239.
  4. ^ a b Benjamin Sand . Gunmen Assassinate Taleban Defector. Voice of America, Islamabad 15 January 2006.
  5. ^ "Security Council Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee Approves Deletion of Five Entries from Consolidated List". United Nations. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2015-02-21. On 29 July 2010, the Security Council Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee approved the deletion (de-listing) of the five entries specified below from its Consolidated List.