Afghan Biographies


Name Najibullah
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Head General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI)
History and Biodata

1. Former Heads of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and former Khad, Wad, KAM, AGSA, NDS Chairman NDS Director NDS Director General Intelligence Chief Head of Intelligence General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI):
Asadullah Sarwari (1978),
Asadullah Amin (1979),
Ghulam Faruq Yakubi (1986-1992),
Mohammed Fahim (1992-2001),
Engineer Mohammed Arif Sarwari (2001 - 2004)
Amrullah Saleh (2004-2010)
Rahmatullah Nabil (2010 - 2012)
Assadullah Khalid (2012 -2013)
Massoum Stanekzai (20160620-20190905 resigned)
Ahmad Zia Siraj (20190909) acting and nominated (20200402) confirmed (20201130)
Najibullah (20210824) acting, also mentioned as Deputy Afghan National Intelligence director Najibullah (20220110)

Deputy of National Directorate of Security:
Gen Ebadullah Ebad (20180918, 201903229)

1st Deputy Head NDS National Directorate of Security:
Adib Fahim (20150601, 20191121 resigned)


NDS advisor:
Mohammadullah (20121001)

Commander of Special Force of National Directorate for Security:
Brigadier Abdul Qadir (20161018 killed in ambush, Badghis Province)


Some General Officers from NDS with unknown Functions:
Maj Gen Noor Muhammad Waziri,
Brig Gen Hamiduddin Habibi,
Brig Gen Muhammad Naeem,
Brig Gen Muhammad Ismail,
Brig Gen Hayatullah,
Brig Gen Mirza Shah,
Gen Taher Mohammand (20110428)
General Abdul Sabour (20120402)
Brigadier General Gulistan (20140608)
Brigadier General Ghulam Farooq (20140907)
Representative of the national security directorate:
Colonel Ali Ahmad (20130824)


Since the overthrow of the Taliban 2001, the United States has helped rebuild the NDS. The United States has paid for the majority of the intelligence agency’s budget, supporting a force that includes about 20,000 people, current and former NDS officials said.

Directorate 1: liaison with foreign military, diplomatic, and intelligence organizations in Kabul.
Directorate 10: security unit that protects government ministers and other high-ranking officials.
Directorate 40: Investigations (formerly numbered 17)
Directorate 47  Foreign Affairs, Protocol, Human Rights, Gender and Women Affairs, Gen. Sharmila Frough,, the director of the gender department of the National Directorate of Security succumbed to injuries she had sustained in a bomb explosion after a magnetic bomb, planted in her vehicle, went off on Monday, March 30, 2020  in Kabul city.(20200401)

Directorate 124: Counter-Terrorism Directorate of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) is in Shashdarak area, near MoD, ISAF HQ and US Embassy in Kabul. (In earlier times, Department or Riasat-e 124 was known as Riasat-e 90 and before that Riasat-e 5.)
Deputy Director General in Provincial affairs of the National Directorate of Security:
Abdul Matin Baig Abdul Matin Bek Abdul Matin Beg (20150604)
Deputy Director General for Support
Dr. Mohammad Aref Shah Jahan (20150604)
Deputy operational chief of the National Directorate of Security:
Ajmal Abedi (20190909)
Head of buildings of National Directorate of Security (NDS):
Habib Rahman Roshan (20191005)
Head of NDS health services:
Maj Gen Hashmatullah Nawabi (20190818, 20191005)

2. Previous Function Najibullah:
Intelligence Chief (20210824) acting

3. Biodata:
Najibullah is a hardened veteran of several of the Taliban’s past military campaigns – true to the nature of his appointment – Najibullah (who goes by a single name) has skilfully avoided publicity and remains under the radar.

Last Modified 2022-01-11
Established 2021-08-30