Afghan Biographies

Mutawakil, Wakil Ahmad Abdul Ghaffar

Name Mutawakil, Wakil Ahmad Abdul Ghaffar
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1951
Function/Grade Ex-Taliban Minister
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
last Foreign Minister in the Taliban government

mutawakil_wakilMuttawakil served as the Foreign Affairs Minister in the Taliban government. He was the highest ranking Taliban official to surrender to US forces. He was held by the Americans for 18 months and eventually released in October 2003. The western media has labeled Mutawakil a "moderate Talib". On May 2, 2005, Mutawakil went on a Pakistan-based pashto TV channel (Khyber TV), and urged the Taliban to reconcile their differences with President Hamid Karzai's government. He is no longer subject to international travel bans and a freeze on his assets (201001). As a member of the Taliban government he was blacklisted in 2001.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that Taliban leaders who were considered in the new government are Mullah Zaeef, the former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, Wakil Muttawakil, the former Taliban foreign minister, and Ghairat Baheer, a close relative of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whose forces are allied to the Taliban. The Government of National Unity has considered to offer posts of the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the borders and Hajj and Religious Affairs, besides appointing Taliban governors to three southern provinces – Nimruz, Kandahar and Helmand. However,  the Taliban leadership has said that the offer has been turned down due to the signing of the security agreements allowing the foreign troops to remain in the country. Nazifullah Salarzai, Ghani's spokesman, rejected reports offering ministries to Taliban leaders as concocted. (20150109)
Maulvi Motawakil, member of the Majma-i-Ahya Al Sunnat (MAS), has been detained in the 5th police district of Kabul for unknown reasons, the organisation chief Maulvi Mustafa said on 20150314.


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