The Ministry of Defense (Dari: وزارت دفاع ملی, Pashto: د ملي دفاع وزارت) is the cabinet ministry of Afghanistan responsible for overseeing the military of Afghanistan (currently the Islamic Emirate Armed Forces). The ministry's headquarters is located in Kabul.
|Dari: وزارت دفاع ملی |
Pashto: د ملي دفاع وزارت
|Deputy Minister responsible|
List of ministersEdit
|Portrait||Name||Took office||Left office||Political affiliation|
|Sayyid Husayn||January 1929||March 1929||Saqqawist|
|Purdil Khan||March 1929||October 1929||Saqqawist|
|Amanul Mulk[a]||c. 1944||c. 1946||Unknown|
|Mohammed Daoud Khan||1946||1948||Independent|
|Abdul Karim Mustaghni||1973||1977||Republican|
|Ghulam Haidar Rasuli||1977||April 1978||Republican|
|Abdul Qadir||May 1978||August 1978||PDPA–Parcham|
|Mohammad Aslam Watanjar||30 March 1979||July 1979||PDPA–Khalq|
|Hafizullah Amin||July 1979||27 December 1979[b]||PDPA–Khalq|
|Mohammed Rafie||28 December 1979||1982||PDPA–Parcham|
|Abdul Qadir||1982||September 1984||PDPA–Parcham|
|Nazar Mohammad||September 1984||1986||PDPA–Khalq|
|Mohammed Rafie||December 1986||May 1988||PDPA–Parcham|
|Shahnawaz Tanai||May 1988||March 1990[c]||PDPA–Khalq|
|Mohammad Aslam Watanjar||March 1990||April 1992||PDPA–Khalq|
|Ahmad Shah Massoud||28 April 1992||9 September 2001||Jamiat-e Islami|
|27 September 1996||April 1997||Independent
|Obaidullah Akhund||April 1997||9 September 2001||Taliban|
|Abdul Qayyum Zakir[d]||Taliban|
|Mohammed Fahim||9 September 2001||23 December 2004||Jamiat-e Islami|
|Abdul Rahim Wardak||23 December 2004||7 August 2012||Mahaz-e-Milli-ye Islami|
|8 August 2012||15 September 2012||Jamiat-e Islami|
|Bismillah Khan Mohammadi||15 September 2012||24 May 2015||Jamiat-e Islami|
|Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai
|24 May 2015||20 June 2016||Independent|
|Abdullah Habibi||20 June 2016||24 April 2017||Independent|
|Tariq Shah Bahramee||24 April 2017||23 December 2018||Independent|
|23 December 2018||25 July 2020||Ittehad-e Islami|
|25 July 2020||19 March 2021||Independent|
|19 March 2021||19 June 2021||Independent|
|Bismillah Khan Mohammadi
|19 June 2021||15 August 2021||Jamiat-e Islami|
|Abdul Qayyum Zakir
|24 August 2021||7 September 2021||Taliban|
|7 September 2021||Incumbent||Taliban|
The Islamic Republic periodEdit
One of the functions of the Defense Ministry during that period was the continuance of disarming insurgent groups, through programmes such as the Afghan New Beginnings Programme (which included the rehabilitation and reintegration of child soldiers). These militant groups coalesced from warlords and former army personnel after the collapse of the Najibullah government in 1992.
- "د اسلامي امارت په تشکیلاتو کې نوي کسان پر دندو وګومارل شول". باختر خبری آژانس. October 4, 2021.
- "سخنگوی وزارت دفاع ملی معرفی شد | وزارت دفاع ملی". mod.gov.af.
- "Afghanistan gets 'mini-Pentagon' as troops struggle". Associated Press. June 12, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- "How Soviet troops stormed Kabul palace". BBC. 27 December 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
- "Afghan president replaces security ministers amid Taliban advance". 2021-06-19.
- "Taliban announce new government for Afghanistan". BBC News. 2021-09-07. Archived from the original on 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
- Bhatia, Michael; Sedra, Mark (2008). Afghanistan, Arms and Conflict: Armed groups, disarmament, and security in a postwar society. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 122–123. ISBN 978-0-415-47734-5.