Kabul University

Discover the notable alumni of Kabul University. The list includes people like Ashraf Ghani, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Mohammad Najibullah, Burhanuddin Rabbani & Babrak Karmal. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as leaders, lawyers & judges, miscellaneous, media personalities and writers etc.
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Mohammad Najibullah
(2nd President of Afghanistan)
Mohammad Najibullah
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

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Babrak Karmal
(Afghan Politician, Revolutionary and General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan)
Babrak Karmal
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kamari, Kabul Province, Afghanistan
Died: December 3, 1996
Babrak Karmal was an Afghan politician and revolutionary. He is best remembered for his role as the General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan from 27 December 1979 to 4 May 1986. Babrak Karmal also served as the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council and as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers between 1979 and 1986.
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Farhad Darya
(Singer)
Farhad Darya
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
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Anarkali Kaur Honaryar
(The First Non-Muslim to Become a Member of Afghan Parliament)
Anarkali Kaur Honaryar
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthplace: Afghan
Anarkali Kaur Honaryar is a Sikh Afghan political leader, dentist, physician, and women's rights activist. She is the first non-Muslim to become a member of Afghan Parliament. A well-known human rights activist, Anarkali Kaur Honaryar received the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence for her efforts to help women fight against domestic abuse and gender discrimination.
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Nur Muhammad Taraki
(One of the Founding Members of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan)
Nur Muhammad Taraki
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nawa, Ghazni, Emirate of Afghanistan
Died: October 9, 1979
Nur Muhammad Taraki was an Afghan politician, revolutionary, journalist, and writer. One of the founding members of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, Taraki served as the party's General Secretary from 1 January 1965 to 14 September 1979. An important politician, Nur Muhammad Taraki also served as the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Afghanistan from 1978 to 1979.
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Zeenat Karzai
(Former First Lady of Afghanistan)
Zeenat Karzai
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Kandahar
Zeenat Karzai is an Afghan political figure best known for her role as the First Lady of Afghanistan from 22 December 2001 to 29 September 2014, during which her husband Hamid Karzai served as the President of Afghanistan. Prior to her wedding with Karzai, Zeenat Karzai worked as a gynaecologist and treated Afghan refugees in Pakistan. 
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Shukria Barakzai
(Afghan Feminist Politician and Journalist)
Shukria Barakzai
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan feminist politician and award-winning journalist Shukria Barakzai has previously been the Afghan ambassador to Norway. She has been under death threats from the Taliban for her views. She whispered voice notes from Kabul to the UK during the 2021 Taliban takeover and had a narrow escape from Afghanistan.

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Khatool Mohammadzai
(Afghanistan's First Female Paratrooper)
Khatool Mohammadzai
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Former Afghan National Army brigadier general Khatool Mohammadzai scripted history as Afghanistan’s first female paratrooper. A 35-time decorated soldier, she has also worked as a military instructor. She was also the first female general since the Soviets left Afghanistan. In the Taliban regime of the 1990s, she ran a secret girls’ school.

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Habiba Sarābi
(Ramon Magsaysay Award-Winning Politician and Afghanistan’s First Female Governor)
Habiba Sarābi
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Sarab, Afghanistan

Afghan hematologist and politician Habiba Sarābi scripted history as Afghanistan’s first female governor when she became the governor of Bamiyan. She was also her country’s 2nd minister of women's affairs. The 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner has also been a member of Afghanistan’s Peace Negotiation Team.

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Massouda Jalal
(The First Afghan Woman to Run for the Office of the President in Afghanistan)
Massouda Jalal
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gulbahar, Karachi, Pakistan
Massouda Jalal is an Afghan politician who achieved popularity in 2002 when she became the first Afghan woman to run for the office of the president. She ran again for the president’s office in 2004 and inspired a generation of women to engage in public life in a society where women's role in politics was previously banned and considered unacceptable.
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Zohra Daoud
(TV show host)
Zohra Daoud
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Afghanistan
 12 
Delbar Nazari
(Former Minister of Women's Affair of Afghanistan)
Delbar Nazari
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Khulm, Afghanistan
Delbar Nazari is an Afghan politician best known for her service as the Minister of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan from 2015 to 2021. She was the last women's affairs minister prior to Taliban's takeover in 2021. 
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Suraya Pakzad
(Women's rights activist)
Suraya Pakzad
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
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Husn Banu Ghazanfar
(Afghan Politician and Poet)
Husn Banu Ghazanfar
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Balkh, Afghanistan

Apart from being the former Afghan minister of women’s affairs, Husn Banu Ghazanfar is also an author and a poet. She has been a part of the faculty program of Kabul University’s literature department. She has also penned various books, such as The Human Fate.

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Kubra Noorzai
(The First Woman to Serve as a Government Minister in Afghanistan)
Kubra Noorzai
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: 1986 AD
Kubra Noorzai was an Afghan politician who served as the Minister of Public Health from 1965 to 1969. She was the first woman to serve as a government minister in Afghanistan. One of the most important feminists in Afghanistan, Kubra Noorzai played a major role in reviewing the draft 1964 constitution, which enabled women to vote and stand for election.
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Shinkai Karokhail
(Afghan Women's Rights Activist, Politician, and Diplomat)
Shinkai Karokhail
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Unknown
Shinkai Karokhail is an Afghan women's rights activist, politician, and diplomat. She is perhaps best known for her role as the Afghan ambassador to Canada. She is credited with co-founding the Afghan Women's Educational Center in 1991. In 2002, Shinkai Karokhail became the organization's director, heading its management and developmental programs. 
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Qadria Yazdanparast
(Afghan Politician and Poet)
Qadria Yazdanparast
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan politician, legal advisor, and poet Qadria Yazdanparast has been an Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission commissioner. She has not just headed a law school in Afghanistan but has also organized a women’s rights conference in the country in spite of constant threat from the Taliban.

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Humira Saqib
(Journalist)
Humira Saqib
1
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
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Salamat Azimi
(Afghan Politician and Counter Narcotics Minister)
Salamat Azimi
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Salamat Azimi is an Afghan politician and the Minister of Counter Narcotics in Afghanistan. From 2011 to 2015, she worked at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, developing methods to protect children's rights in northern Afghanistan. Over the years, Salamat Azimi has been involved in initiatives that aim at helping Afghan people overcome drug addiction.
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Roqia Abubakr
(One of the First Afghan Women to be Elected as a Member of Parliament)
Roqia Abubakr
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Unknown
Roqia Abubakr was an Afghan politician who became one of the first six Afghan women to be elected as a Member of Parliament in Afghanistan in 1965. From 1972 to 1973, she served as the director of the literacy programme in Afghanistan, an initiative headed by the Ministry of Education.   
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Amina Afzali
(Afghan Former Social Affairs Minister)
Amina Afzali
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan

Apart from being a social affairs minister, Amina Afzali has also been a prominent women’s rights activist in Afghanistan. She has headed the Independent Human Rights Commission. While in Iran after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, she worked for literacy of Afghan refugees. She also established Kabul’s first free school.

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Manizha Bakhtari
(Afghan Journalist and Diplomat)
Manizha Bakhtari
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
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Layla Sarahat Rushani
(Afghan Poet)
Layla Sarahat Rushani
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Charikar, Afghanistan
Died: July 21, 2004
Layla Sarahat Rushani was an Afghan poet best remembered for publishing many poetry collections, which mainly consists of modern Persian poems. Layla Sarahat Rushani was forced to leave Afghanistan for the Netherlands as women were being persecuted by the Taliban in Afghanistan. While living in the Netherlands, Rushani published a literary journal named Eve in Exile.