Biography of Habibullah Qaderi


Last updated by Abdullah Qazi on March 22, 2008

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, Pakistan.

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, Canada.

Some information for this article were provided by a government press release distributed by the Office of the Spokesperson of the President.