|History and Biodata
1. Previous Ministers of Defense
Mohammad Qasim Fahim (2004),
Abdurrahim Wardak (2005 - 20120804), fired by Wolesi Jirga, and resigned as acting Minister (20120807)
Inayatullah Nazari acting (20120808)
Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi (20120915 -20140930) Acting Minister of Defense (20141001)
Enayatullah Nazari (20110605) acting Minister of Defense (20120808) and again 20141209 (20160418)
nominated Lt Gen Abdullah Khan Habibi (20160419) and approved by Wolesi Jirga (20160620) resigned (20170424)
Lt Gen Tariq Shah Bahrami (20170426-20180825 resigned)
Deputy Minister of Defense:
Lt Gen Murad Ali Murad fired (20180522) Successor: Head of the security guards of the presidential palace Akhtar Ibrahimi (20180522)
Brig. Gen Mohammad Humayun Fauzi, son of Hyatullah, from Faryab Province , Deputy
Minister, Personnel and Standby Officers Sphere (20030921), Deputy Minister of Defense (2010)
First Deputy Minister: Enayatullah Nazari (20110605) acting Minister of Defense (20120808)
Lt Gen Mohammad Akram, Pashtun, Deputy Command General Chief of Staff (20100211, 20150115)
Deputy defence minister for personnel and training: Baz Mohammad Johari Baz Mohammad Jawhari, (20130106, 20150118)
First deputy to the ministry: Lt Gen Abdul Khaliq, son of Muhammad Sarwar (20150525)
Deputy Minister of Defence: Gen Muhebullah Muheb (2005, 20130116)
Deputy Minister of Defence: LtGen Hilaluddin Helal (20181028)
MoD Directorate for strategic relations and public affairs / Defense Ministry spokesman:
Maj Gen Dawlat Waziri (20150211, 20161130, 20171129)
Gen. Mohammad Radmanish (stepped down from his post few months back, apparently due to retirement from the armed forces ranks (201808))
Syed Ghafoor Ahmad Jawid (20180812)
MoD deputy spokesman:
Gen. Mohammad Radmanish (20160304, 20170108, 20180405)
Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed Ghafoor Ahmad Javid, new spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (20180921)
Office of chief of staff:
Chief of Staff: Lt. Gen. Abdulhameed Hameed (20160711) Mohammad Sharif Yaftali has been introduced as the new army chief of staff (20170426)
Cadre and Personnel directorate:
Gen. Rahmatullah (20150100); Maj. Gen. Mohmand (20170424)
Deputy Chief of Staff:
Lt Gen Murad Ali Murad (20150201)
Director General of Military Operations (DGMO):
Lt Gen Mohammad Habib Hesari Habibullah Hesari (20160809, 20180930)
Head of law department of defense ministry:
Mohammad Amin Nooristani (20110410)
Head of religious and ideological affairs:
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Amin Nasib Naseeb Head of theology department of the Defense Ministry, General Mohammad Nasib Amin(20120928, 20150114)
Head of the Ministry of Defense's (MoD) Health Department:
General Musa Wardak, Maj Gen Mohammad Mussa Wardak(20131028, 20140713)
Administrative and Logistics Deputy of the Afghan National Army (ANA):
Brig Gen Momand Katawazai, Mohmand Katawazai Momand Katawazi (20140210) perhaps sacked because critizising Karzai for not signing the BSA
Head of the sports department in the Ministry of Defense:
Gen. Asif, was attacked in Chelsiton area of Kabul city around 8:00 am local time while he was on his way towards his office.(20141115)
Education and Training Commander at the MoD:
Maj Gen Mohammad Habib Hesari (20141230)
Procurement Manager for the MoD:
Brig Gen Abdul Rahman Ghori (20150202)
General Commander for the Medical Academy of the Health Command for the Ministry of Defense:
Col. Nesar Ahmad Siddiqi (20150223)
Commanding general of Afghan Logistics Command:
Maj. Gen. Monawari (20171125)
Commander of the ANA Material Management Center-Afghanistan:
Brig. Gen. Fahim (20171125)
2. Previous Functions Maj Gen Tariq Shah Bahrami:
Master’s degree in Martial Arts from Royal command and General Staff College in United Kingdom.(1988 and in 2014)
Senior Advisor the Documentation and Planning Department of Defense Ministry (1990)
Officer in charge for the 201st Corps Commander (2003-2008)
Commander 444th Commando Forces Unit in Helmand province (2009-2012)
General Manager of Planning and of Operations Directorate for Special Forces Units at the Interior Ministry (2012)
Office of the National Security Council (NSC) as the Head of National Coordination Center (TAWHED center) (2015) and also worked as Director for the ONSC new tashkeel called Communication and Information Coordination Center at the Major General rank.
Minister of Defense acting (20170426-20180825 resigned)
Lt Gen Tariq Shah Bahrami Tareq Shah Bahrami was born in Char Bagh village of Qarghayee district of Laghman province in 1967. After completion of primary education in Charbagh primary school and secondary education in Sayed Noor Muhamamd Shah high school in Kabul, he was enrolled to Military University and graduated in 1986 with a bachelor degree as second lieutenant. Later on, he received Senior Officers’ Training in 1988 and in 2014 he received his master’s degree in Martial Arts from Loyal command and General Staff College in United Kingdom.
His career with military started when he joined the army as Deputy Company Commander in 1986 and was promoted as commander. In 1988, he became a battalion Deputy Commander and later on in 1989 he became commander of the battalion. In 1990 he served as Senior Advisor the Documentation and Planning Department of Defense Ministry.
Bahrami spent the mujahedin and Taleban years in the Netherlands. After 2001, he returned to Afghanistan.
After the fall of the Taliban regime, Tariq Shah Bahrami served as the head of Documentation and liaison for the Re-establishing Afghan National Army Commission. In 2003 he became office in charge for the 201st Corps Commander and continued till 2008. From 2009 to 2012 he worked as Commander for 444 Commando Forces Unit in Helmand province.
His services as commander for 444 Commando Force Unit in Helmand province is commendable as he had shown strong resolve against enemies. Acting Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami while serving in Helmand province played an important role in retaking Marja, Nadali and Washir districts from Taliban by conducing complex military operations.
In 2012 he was appointed as General Manager of Planning and of Operations Directorate for Special Forces Units at the Interior Ministry. In 2015 he joined the Office of the National Security Council (NSC) as the Head of National Coordination Center (TAWHED center) at the Brigadier General rank, and also worked as Director for the ONSC new tashkeel called Communication and Information Coordination Center at the Major General rank. His services at the General Directorate of Communication and Information Coordination for coordinating information at the national level and exchange of information are commendable.
Later on in 2016 Bahrami was promoted as Assistant to the Office of National Security Council for Commander and Chief of Armed Forces. In late 2016, he was appointed as Chief Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Interior Affairs. Though his tenure was short, but since he had a good knowledge of developments at the Interior Ministry, he brought some important reforms such as reforms in Tashkeel which will be considered as final Taskheel until 2018.
Most recently Tariq Shah Bahrami was appointed as Acting Defense Minister in a Presidential Decree.
President Ashraf Ghani has been criticized for promoting the acting defense minister, Tariq Shah Bahrami, four times since 2014 – from lieutenant colonel to the rank of lieutenant general. Military analysts have said the promotion in rank was given to him because of his close ties with the National Security Advisor’s office and not because of merit. Two years ago he was the secretary for the former head of the central corps in Kabul. He was then appointed as commander of the 444 Police Special Unit. During this time he studied in the UK on a scholarship and was promoted to the rank of head of army staff. He was then introduced as a senior deputy minister of interior for security five months ago and at the same time promoted to the rank of major general. This week he was again promoted to lieutenant general. (20170831)
Tariq Shah Bahrami received 141 confidence votes and was approved as minister of defense.(20171204)
The president accepted resignation of Hanif Atmar as national security adviser, but he rejected those of Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and head of National Directorate of Security Masoom Stanikzai.(20180829)
He is married and has three sons and two daughters.
He speaks Pashtu and English