Ghulam Haidar Rasuli

Major General Ghulam Haidar Rasuli (1919 – April 1978) was born in Rostaq, Takhar Province and a supporter of Mohammed Daoud Khan, who came out of retirement after the 1973 coup which removed King Zahir Shah and put Daoud in power. He received early military education at the Military High School, graduating in 1933, before receiving military training in India from 1956 to 1958. In 1966, he became the director of recruitment in the Ministry of National Defense. He was placed in charge of the Central Forces of Afghanistan in 1973 and became Chief of General Staff two years later. Rasuli was appointed Minister of Defense of Afghanistan on 7 November 1977, but was killed during the April 1978 Saur Revolution. Major Gen. Ghulam Haidar Rasuli was the son of Ghulam Rasul a Muhammadzai Barakzai from Kandahar. Ghulam Haidar Rasuli was the Great Grand son of the Amir Mohammad khan full brother of Amir Dost Muhammad khan Barakzai (amir of Afghanistan) from the muhammadzai Barakzai tribe.


  • Frank Clements (2003). Conflict in Afghanistan: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 212–213. ISBN 978-1-85109-402-8.