Former Minister of Counter Narcotics between January
2004 and July 2007.
Habibullah Qaderi was born in 1961 in Kandahar Province, son to Hajji Ahmad
Qaderi. He completed his secondary education at Ahmad Shah Baba High School in
Kandahar before leaving for Pakistan three months after the war started in 1978.
Qaderi obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from Malaviye Regional
Engineering College in Jaipure, India. He worked as a program logistics officer
in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and as a field
officer in the Chaman, Lorlai, and Dalbandin refugee camps in Pakistan. During
the Mujaheddin's interim government, he served as an English instructor under a
program established by the University of Nebraska for Afghan refugees in Quetta,
After the Bonn Agreement and establishment of the interim administration
under president Hamid Karzai in 2002, Qaderi returned to Afghanistan and began
working as a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation. He was
an active member of Afghanistan's tripartite commission with the United Nations,
Iran, Pakistan, Denmark, and the U.K. He was appointed Minister of Counter
Narcotics by the President in 2004. Qaderi resigned as Minister of Counter
Narcotics in July 2007, and took the post as Afghan Consulate General in Ottawa,
Some information for this article were provided by a government press
release distributed by the Office of the Spokesperson of the President.
Last updated by Abdullah Qazi on
March 22, 2008