Afghan Biographies

Taraki, Ahmad Shah

Name Taraki, Ahmad Shah
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Meshrano Jirga Member 2018 appointed Kandahar province
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Meshrano Jirga Member 2018 appointed Kandahar province (20181022)

3. Biodata:
Ahmad Shah Khan Taraki an influential figure from southern Kandahar province. He was appointed as presidential nominee for the membership of the Meshrano Jirga a week back on October 22. He replaced Allah Daad Andar.


The Taraki is a Ghilj Pashtun tribe; many are found in Ghazni (their traditional powerbase) and Zabol provinces of Afghanistan. They are divided into six khels: the Firoz, Suhail, lilizai, Gurbuz, Bado, Saki, and Na.

The Tarakai were one of the Pashtun tribes resettled under the rule of king Abdur Rahman Khan in the late 19th century. While clearing the Hazara people of Bamiyan to make way for the Tarakai Pashtuns, the ethnic cleansing was so extreme that "not even the dogs remained behind". Nur Muhammad Taraki was the president of the communist Democratic Republic of Afghanistan from 1978 to 1979.

More Background:
According clause third of article 84 of the constitution: One third of the members shall be appointed by the President, for a five year term, from amongst experts and experienced personalities, including two members from amongst the impaired and handicapped, as well as two from nomads.


Last Modified 2018-10-30
Established 2018-10-30