Afghan Biographies

Bashardost, Dr. Ramazan Bachadust, Bachardost


Name Bashardost, Dr. Ramazan Bachadust, Bachardost
Ethnic backgr. Hazara
Date of birth 1961
Function/Grade Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Kabul reelected
History and Biodata

Dr. Ramazan Bashar Dost
Phone: 0799335316

2.Previous Functions:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Director of the European and Western Political Affairs Department (2003)
Minister of Planning (2004-2005),
Wolesi Jirga Member 2005 MP MNA Kabul,
Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Kabul reelected

3. Biodata
bashadostRamzan Bashardost Bashar Dost, an ethnic Hazara, was born 1961 (other source says 1965) in Qarabagh District, Ghazni Province of Afghanistan in a family of a respected government employees. He completed his primary and intermediate education in Qarabagh and later in Maimana, capital of Faryab in northern Afghanistan. Months after the 1978 coup d'état, Bashardost left Afghanistan for Iran. He finished high school in Iran and then immigrated into Pakistan. In 1983, he left Pakistan for France where he spent more than 20 years, earning degrees in law and political science. In 1989 he enrolled at Grenoble University where he did his Masters in Law. In 1990, he did his Masters in Diplomacy from Paris University. In 1992, he did his Masters in Political Science. In 1995, Bashardost received his Ph.D in Law from France's Toulouse University. He wrote his thesis on the UN's role against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

His parents live in Dasht-e Barchi, a neighborhood on the west side of Kabul. His father has an auto-parts shop. In the past 30 years, he has owned a mud hut in Dasht-e Barchi. One of his brothers lives in Kabul and another lives in Qara-Bagh, a district in Ghazni Province. The later, has a piece of land that he uses to feed and support his family.

During summer, Bashardost usually lives in a tent. But during winter he cannot live there because it is expensive to and inefficient to warm it up. He has a room in his father's house where he usually live alone. He mostly cooks himself, cleanes his room, washes his dishes, and clothes. But he does not iron his clothes because he does not have patience for ironing. He simply washes his clothes and wears them when they are dry.

After years in exile, Bashardost returned to Afghanistan in 2002 to work in the UN Department of Afghanistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry. In 2003, he was appointed as Director of European and Western Political Affairs Department in the ministry. Following his resignation as a Minister of Planning in 2005  he taught international law at the University of Albironi.

Openly criticising the government and accusing ministers of corruption, Bashardost has modelled himself as a man of the people. While briefly serving as planning minister, Bashardost was critical of the role of aid agencies in Afghanistan and later resigned under government and foreign pressure. Bashardost is the only person who has said openly he will stand in the Presidential election 2009 and runs his campaign from a tent opposite parliament. In 2004 Bashardost published his book, Basic Political, Military and Diplomatic Laws of Afghanistan - From the era of Ahmad Shah Baba (1225 Hejri) to current years, in which he presented his analysis of the history of laws in Afghanistan. The book won an award at the Academy of Political Sciences of France, the first award won by an independent Afghan scientist and scholar. Dr. Bashardost has no affiliations with any tribal, military or political party. He is in an independent scholar and political activist, well known for his support and defense of human rights. He is well known as a prominent voice against the corrupt Afghan authorities of the past three decades, and a bold reformer and critic of the government. In 2004/05 he briefly served as Afghanistan's Planning Minister. He was critical of the role played by NGOs and claimed that majority of them were a source of Afghanistan money drain. He particularly highlighted the hefty amounts paid to the NGO employees and ministers as compared to the average income of less than a dollar average national income. Controversy surrounded his stance, and he had to resign under government and foreign pressure. However, his outspoken criticism of the government and his firm stances against corruption and for public welfare won him widespread support. In 2006 he was elected as Kabul's representative in the parliamentary elections. He won the third highest number of votes, which spanned across ethnic and linguistic groups. [edit] Presidential Election 2009 Ramazan Bashardost registered for the presidential election on 7 May 2009. His first VP is agriculture institute professor Mohammad Mosa Barakzai, and the second VP is Afifa Maroof, who works in the Afghanistan independent human rights commission. The white pigeon, a symbol of freedom and peace, is Bashardost's sign for the election. Preliminary results placed him 3rd in a field of 38. More Background: Bashardost: I am not married yet. I was thinking that when, with the support of the Afghan people, I become the president and then I ask any Afghan family to give me the hand of their daughter in marriage, they might not reject my proposal. But now, I think with my small car that does not even have enough space for one person, the father of a girl will say the car is not enough even for myself. [They will say] "How will you find place for my daughter in your car and where under that tent should she live?" But, if God is willing, I will get married. It is the tradition of Mohammad [the Prophet]. My marriage will be based on Islamic criteria. That is to say, I am seeking a partner for life like Khadija, [the wife of Mohammad, the Prophet] who will support me throughout my campaign and Jihad (20100321).

He was reelected as a Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Kabul and bagged 3rd most votes.
 

Commission (2012): Disabled, Martyrs and Widows

Kabul MP Baktash Seyawash, who has been absent since June 2015 as a sign of protest against President Ghani’s extension of the current parliament’s term wants to come back. Two other MPs have been boycotting plenary sessions for the same reason – Farkhunda Zahra Naderi and Ramazan Bashardost. While there has been no word from Naderi since June of last year, Bashardost, who said on 10 June 2015 that, “people say MPs traded with the government leaders on extending the Parliament term in exchange for collecting votes in their favour in the second round of presidential elections,” came back to the house a month ago. Seyawash has also expressed an interest in re-joining the Wolesi Jirga (possibly because of the lack of a realistic date for the end of this parliament and new elections). He has now said he will continue his boycott until the Administrative Board officially asks him to return.(20160531)
 

Bashadost is married.

Bashardost speaks, English, French, Dari, Pushtu and Urdu.

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