Abdul Latif Pedram is a historian, poet, professor of Persian Literature, and currently a Member of Parliament. He was first elected to Parliament representing the province of Badakhshan in 2010. His political leaning is leftist, with Marxist tendencies, and he has campaigned extensively in Parliament for women’s rights. He ran in the October 2004 Presidential elections against President Hamid Karzai, but only managed to garner 1.4% of the total ballots. Pedram was highly critical of President Hamid Karzai and the religious conservatives. In early May 2005, he told the publication Payam-e-Mujahid that he is against a permanent American military presence in Afghanistan. He is also the co-founder, and head of the Afghanistan National Congress party. He was born in Badakhshan in 1963 to Tajik parents.
by S. Ghilzai and Abdullah Qazi / Published on June 28, 2015