Afghan Biographies

Atmar, Hanif

Name Atmar, Hanif
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1968
Function/Grade National Security Council NSC ONSC Chairman
History and Biodata

1.Former Chairmen National Security Council NSC Office of the Nationale Security Council ONSC:
Dr. Zalmai Rasool (2002-2009),
Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta (20100116 -20140930)
Hanif Atmar (20140930-)
Deputy the the National Security Adviser (8 Deputies since 20171212):
Atiqullah Nawsher, former deputy head of President’s Administrative Office (20171212)
Yasin Zia, former governor of Takhar,  (20171212)
Sayed Anwar Sadat
, close aide to the first vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum (20171212)
Gen. Din Mohammad Jurat (20171212)
Yama Karzai (20171212)

Mohammad Sulaiman Kakar 
(20171212, 20180411) First Deputy NSC
Hakim Nawrozi (deputy of the National Security Advisor for provincial affairs) (20171212)
Farid Mamoonzai (
acting deputy head of the National Security Advisor for policy affairs) ex Deputy Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) (20171212),

Ex second Deputy for office of advisor of National Security Council:

Mohammad Ibrahim Qasimi (20140314)

NSC's spokesman:
Tawab Ghorzand (20151124, 20160530)
ONSC spokesman Qadir Shah (20170605, 20171212, 20180223)

Director of Information Collection and Coordination in the office of the Security Council:
Brig Gen Tariq Shah Bahrami (20151023)
Adviser : Zubair Massoud (201410-201610)

The Afghan government has made new appointments in the key National Security Council Office The newly appointed members include Mohammad Sulaiman Kakar as deputy chief of ONSC development and public affairs, Gen. Yama Karzai as deputy chief to review the strategic threats and information, Abdul Hakim Noorzai as internal audit deputy.
Gen. Khaliq Khan Sarwari as deputy chief of ONSC for the armed forces, Gen. Bahadurshah Ahmadi as deputy chief of the armed forces and to manage and organization information, Gen. Dawran as deputy chief of the armed in the field of providing support to the Afghan Air Force.
Gen. Khudaidad as the head audit of the armed forces head command, Gen. Wilayat Shah Bahrami as deputy head of the audit of the armed forces command, and Mohammad Saleh as deputy chief for strategic planning of the armed forces command.(20170412)

The coordination center of information of National Security Council (Tawheed) was inaugurated (20150422)

the centre would be of immense importance during special operations for coordination among various security organs and foreign troops. - See more at:
the centre would be of immense importance during special operations for coordination among various security organs and foreign troops. - See more at:

The centre is of immense importance during special operations for coordination among various security organs and foreign troops.


Considering the leadership role of Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the National Security Council of Afghanistan has been created on the basis of Article 64 of the Constitution.

The National Security Council, led by the President, is the supreme institution entrusted with the authority of making decisions regarding national security, national interests, territorial integrity and national sovereignty. High-ranking government, civilian, military and security officials are members of the Council who perform their duties and responsibilities in line with constitutional provisions.

The Council defines, identifies and evaluates those domestic and foreign issues threatening national security and national interests and makes decisions accordingly. The Council, chaired by the President usually holds one meeting in a week to evaluate national security and approves policies, strategies, procedures and programs pertinent to security. Taking into account the security situation of the country, the Council calls for extraordinary meetings.


Composition of the National Security Council:


First Vice-President

Second Vice-President

Chief Executive

Special envoy of the President for Reform and Good Governance

First Deputy to Chief Executive

Second Deputy to Chief Executive

National Security Advisor

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Defense

Minister of Interior

Minister of Finance

Head of National Security

Chief of Army Staff, Ministry of Defense

Head of Administrative Office of the President

Head of Independent Directorate of Local Governance


The President is vested with the authority of increasing or decreasing membership of the National Security Council as the circumstances may render it necessary.

2.Previous Functions
Advisor for humanitarian programs in aid agencies in Afghanistan and in Pakistan (1992-1994)
Program Manager for the Norwegian Committee for Afghanistan (1994-2000)
Deputy Director General of the International Rescue Committee,
Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in the Transitional Government (2002-2008)
Minister of Education (until October 2008)
Minister of Interior (2008)
Minister of Interior, second term, (20100102 - 20100606 resigned)
Chairman National Security Council NSC (20140930-)

3. Biodata
atmar_hanifHanif Atmar, son of Mohammad Asef Atmar, was born in Laghman in 1968. Atmar is a Ghilzai Pashtun. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Rural Development Studies from United Kingdom, an a master's degree in Internation Relations and Post War Development from York University, also in U.K. He has credentials with the former communists because he was an KHAD intelligence officer in the Afghan-backed Soviet regime. He fought on communists’ side and lost a leg in a battle. He walks with a cane. Yet his tribal credentials are impeccable. He hails from an aristocratic Pashtun family in Laghman province. When the mujahideen seized Kabul in 1992, and the communist government collapsed, he fled to Britain where he earned two degrees from the University of York.

The Americans and Europeans like him because he is a technocrat. Atmar and Karzai had clashed in recent months over Karzai's reconciliation efforts, said a senior U.S. military official who worked closely with Atmar. "Atmar really disagreed with the reintegration of the Taliban into the police and the army," the official said. After the Taliban attack on the Peace Jirga June 2010 he resigned.

Hanif Atmar fears Afghanistan may plunge into civil conflict if international forces pull out of the country on schedule in 2014.(20111118)


Weesa Daily reported that a reliable source told Kabul News that a Dubai based US contractor company had close ties with Hanif Hatmar and gives the Right and Justice party US$ 50,000 to 60,000 on a monthly basis. It is said that the company has signed a US$ 10 billion contract with Pentagon to supply logistics for the US forces in Afghanistan.(20130506)

The long-awaited security agreement was inked by US ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham and national security adviser Hanif Atmar.(20140930)

While President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's  camp might not have as strong an interest as Abdullah’s in electoral reforms, amending the constitution and the division of power between central and local authorities was part of his electoral mandate. It is said for that, he should remove from his inner circle those who try to ‘sabotage the process,’ including his National Security Advisor, Hanif Atmar, who has monopolized decision making at the Palace.(20160420)

Hanif Atmar speaks Dari, Pushtu, English and Urdu.

Last Modified 2018-04-11
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