2. Previous Functions:
Ex Taliban Minister of Planning and Minister of Higher Education
Qari Din Mohammad Hanif Qari Deen Mohammad Hanif was born 1955 in Shakarlab village, Yaftali Plain District, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Others say he hails from Argu District. He was Minister of Planning and Minister of Higher Education under the Taliban regime. He is said to be a member of Taliban Supreme Council responsible for Takhar and Badakhshan provinces. Believed to be in Afghanistan/Pakistan border area. Review pursuant to Security Council resolution 1822 (2008) was concluded on 27 Jul. 2010.
Qari Din Muhammad Hanif who spoke in the name of the Taleban Emirate at an academic conference in Kyoto, Japan in July 2012 is said to be one of the few non-Pashtuns in the Taleban leadership then and now.
The Taliban have sought to make their negotiating team more palatable to the West by including Qari Din Mohammed, because he is an ethnic Tajik from Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province.(20130318)
The top leadership of Afghan Taliban has given an approval to begin a brand new round of peace negotiations with the Afghanistan government. A delegation headed by Taliban representative in Qatar Qari Din Mohammad is likely to visit Pakistan soon. Qari Din had visited Islamabad a few days ago as well and returned to Doha after important consultations. Key Taliban leader Abbas Stanekzai is also likely to accompany Qari Din during the trip.(20150222)