Famous Afghan Leaders

Find out more about the greatest Afghan Leaders, including Mohammed Omar, Mohammad Najibullah, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Ashraf Ghani and Hamid Karzai.

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 1 
Ahmad Shah Massoud
(Minister of Defense of Afghanistan (1992-2001))

Ahmad Shah Massoud
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Birthdate: September 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bazarak, Afghanistan
Died: September 9, 2001

Ahmad Shah Massoud was an Afghan military commander and politician. From 1979 to 1989, he played an important role in the Soviet-Afghan War, where he served as a powerful guerrilla commander. He was nicknamed Lion of Panjshir for his role in the war. Massoud was assassinated by Al-Qaeda in 2001. His death anniversary is observed as a national holiday in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Shah Durrani
4
Birthdate: 1722 AD
Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan
Died: October 16, 1772

 3 
Mohammad Najibullah
(President of Afghanistan (1987-92))

Mohammad Najibullah
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Birthdate: August 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gardez, Afghanistan
Died: September 27, 1996

Mohammad Najibullah was an Afghan politician. From 1987 to 1992, he served as the president of Afghanistan before resigning in 1992. Throughout his tenure as president and leader of Afghanistan, Najibullah preferred nationalism over socialism, abolished the one-party state, and made Islam an official religion. In 1996, he was publicly hanged by the Taliban after they captured Kabul.

 4 
Mohammed Daoud Khan
(Politician, Diplomat)

Mohammed Daoud Khan
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Birthdate: July 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kabul
Died: April 28, 1978
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 5 

Amānullāh Khān
5
Birthdate: June 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paghman
Died: April 25, 1960

 6 
Ashraf Ghani
(2nd and Last President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan)

Ashraf Ghani
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Birthdate: May 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Logar, Afghanistan

Afghan politician, academic, and economist Ashraf Ghani is currently serving as the president of Afghanistan. This is his second term. Previously, he held the office of minister of finance. Prior to joining politics, he was a professor of anthropology at numerous institutions. He is also one of the co-founders of the NGO the Institute for State Effectiveness.

 7 
Hafizullah Amin
(Politician)

Hafizullah Amin
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Birthdate: August 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paghman
Died: December 27, 1979
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 8 
Hamid Karzai
(Former President of Afghanistan)

Hamid Karzai
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Birthdate: December 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karz
While he initially fought with the mujahideen in the Afghan War against the Soviets and later served as the deputy foreign minister, Hamid Karzai resigned in the wake of internal issues and the rise of the Taliban. Following the US-led mission against the Taliban, he became the Afghan president. 

 9 
Babrak Karmal
(Politician)

Babrak Karmal
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Birthdate: January 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kabul , Afghanistan
Died: December 3, 1996

 10 
Abdur Rahman Khan
(Emir of Afghanistan)

Abdur Rahman Khan
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Birthdate: 1844 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: October 1, 1901

 11 
Burhanuddin Rabbani
(Politician, Educationist, University teacher)

Burhanuddin Rabbani
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Birthdate: September 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Badakhshan Province
Died: September 20, 2011

 12 
Abdullah Abdullah
(Politician, Ophthalmologist, Diplomat)

Abdullah Abdullah
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Birthdate: September 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kabul

 13 
Rula Ghani
(Politician)

Rula Ghani
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Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon

 14 

Sebüktigin
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Birthdate: 0942 AD
Birthplace: Barskhan, Afghanistan
Died: August 5, 0997

 15 

Nur Muhammad Taraki
4
Birthdate: July 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nawa, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan
Died: October 8, 1979

 16 
Mohammed Omar
(Terrorist)

Mohammed Omar
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died: April 23, 2013

 17 
Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
(Acting President of Afghanistan (April 1992 - June 1992))

Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
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Birthdate: September 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: February 11, 2019

Dost Mohammad Khan
2
Birthdate: December 23, 1793
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kandahar
Died: June 9, 1863

 19 
Zeenat Karzai
(Politician)

Zeenat Karzai
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Kandahar

 20 

Sher Ali Khan
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Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: February 21, 1879

 21 
Sayed Sadaat
(Former politician who currently works as a Lieferando delivery man in Leipzig)

Sayed Sadaat
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Afghanistan

 22 
Zarifa Ghafari
(Activist, Politician)

Zarifa Ghafari
1
Birthdate: 1992 AD
Birthplace: Paktia, Afghanistan

 23 
Fawzia Koofi
(Politician)

Fawzia Koofi
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Badakhshan, Afghanistan

 24 
Ajmal Ahmady
(Governor of Da Afghanistan Bank)

Ajmal Ahmady
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Birthdate: April 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghazni, Afghanistan

 25 

Akhtar Mohammad Mansour
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Maiwand, Afghanistan
Died: May 21, 2016

 26 
Mohammad Rabbani
(Political leader)

Mohammad Rabbani
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Birthdate: 1968 AD, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Afghanistan
Died: April 15, 2001

 27 

Niloofar Rahmani
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Birthdate: September 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Logar Province Logar, Afghanistan

 28 
Malalai Joya
(Activist)

Malalai Joya
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Birthdate: April 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Farah, Afghanistan

 29 
Abdul Haq
(Military commander)

Abdul Haq
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Birthdate: April 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nangarhar, Afghanistan
Died: October 26, 2001

 30 
Fatima Aziz
(Politician)

Fatima Aziz
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Kunduz, Kingdom of Afghanistan Afghanistan
Died: March 12, 2021

 31 
Ahmed Wali Karzai
(Politician)

Ahmed Wali Karzai
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Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Karz, Afghanistan
Died: July 12, 2011

 32 
Mullah Dadullah
(Guerrilla commander)

Mullah Dadullah
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Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Oruzgan, Afghanistan
Died: March 13, 2007

 33 
Anahita Ratebzad
(Politician)

Anahita Ratebzad
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Birthdate: November 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guldara, Afghanistan
Died: September 7, 2014

 34 
Shukria Barakzai
(Politician, Ambassador)

Shukria Barakzai
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

 35 
Sima Samar
(Politician)

Sima Samar
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Birthdate: February 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jaghori, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan

 36 

Anarkali Kaur Honaryar
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Afghan

 37 
Adela Raz
(Politician, Activist)

Adela Raz
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Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Afghan

 38 
Khatool Mohammadzai
(Military personnel)

Khatool Mohammadzai
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Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

 39 
Habiba Sarābi
(Politician, Hematologist)

Habiba Sarābi
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Sarab, Afghanistan

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Farkhunda Zahra Naderi
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Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kayan, Afghanistan

 41 
Suhaila Siddiq
(Politician)

Suhaila Siddiq
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Birthdate: March 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: December 4, 2020

 42 
Hosna Jalil
(Politician)

Hosna Jalil
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Birthdate: 1992 AD
Birthplace: Afghanistan

 43 
Latifa Nabizada
(Helicopter pilot, Colonel)

Latifa Nabizada
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Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

 44 
Massouda Jalal
(Politician)

Massouda Jalal
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Birthdate: January 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gulbahar, Karachi, Pakistan

 45 
Nargis Nehan
(Politician, Human rights activist)

Nargis Nehan
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Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 46 
Fauzia Gailani
(Politician)

Fauzia Gailani
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Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Afghanistan

 47 
Suraya Dalil
(Politician)

Suraya Dalil
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

 48 
Robina Muqimyar
(Sprinter)

Robina Muqimyar
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Birthdate: July 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kabul

 49 
Delbar Nazari
(Politician)

Delbar Nazari
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Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Khulm, Afghanistan

 50 
Nasrin Oryakhil
(Physician, Politician)

Nasrin Oryakhil
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan