Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen was Afghanistan’s ambassador to India; Previously he served as Minister for Information and Culture under President Karzai until March 2015.
Dr. Raheen was one of the members of the drafting of the constitution during the presidency of Daud Khan and participated in the Loya Jirga of 1977. After the Soviet invasion, he migrated to Pakistan and made endeavors for the unity of the Mujahideen. In 1988, he led the National Islamic Movement with other scholars and Jihadi commanders. He founded the Peace and Democracy Association for Afghanistan with the assistance of Afghan intellectuals in 1991 and served as the Director of the organization. In 1998, he was accepted as a member of the executive committee of the Loya Jirga in Rome and participated in all the activities concerning Loya Jirga until the Bonn conference was held in 2002. He visited Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Tajikistan to explain the objective of the emergency Loya Jirga.
* Note: Parts of this biography were taken from an Afghan government press release.