Abdul Raheem Wardak is Afghanistan's Minister of National Defense. He has been
in this position since December 23, 2004. Before that, he served as Deputy
Defense Minister to
Mohammad Qasim Fahim. During the 1980s, Wardak was a well known Mujahideen
leader, and fought against the Soviet and Afghan communists.
Wardak was born in 1940 in Afghanistan's Wardak province, which is located in
the central east region of Afghanistan. His official government biography states
that "after graduating from Habibia High School, he joined the Cadet University.
He completed further studies in the United States and Ali Naser Academy in
Cairo, Egypt. He has served as a Lecturer in Cadet University and Assistant of
Protocol of the Ministry of Defense. He served as the military assistant of
Muhaz-e-Milli, was the military assistant of the Tri- Lateral Unity, a member of
Itehad-e-Mujahiddin, and commander of the Jihadi fronts of Muhaz-e-Milli. After
the fall of communist regime, he was a member of the Security Committee of Kabul
City, Chief of the Army Staff, Director of the Military Officers Society,
Director of the Education Commission, member of the National Army Commission,
Deputy Defense Minister, Director of Disarmament Program and Director of Reform
of the National Army".
Wardak is also an avid writer, and has many literal works in Pashto, Dari and
by Abdullah Qazi / May 10, 2010