Afghan Biographies

Halimi, Muhammad Qasem Qasim Zai

Name Halimi, Muhammad Qasem Qasim Zai
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Spokesman of the Afghanistan National Ulema Council
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Under the Taliban government chief of protocol.
one year in US custody in Baghram (January 2002 until January 2003)
Finance and administrative director of the Supreme Court (20091217)
Spokesman of the Afghanistan Ulema Council (2005, 20170601)

3. Biodata:
Muhammad Qasem Halimi, an Islamic law scholar, Halimi studied Shariah at Cairo's Al-Azhar University. When he returned home in 1998, he began a career in the Taliban's Foreign Ministry, eventually becoming chief of protocol. "I don't deny that I supported the Taliban," Halimi said. "I had a very good time in the Foreign Office. It was really the best time in my life. Back then Afghanistan really needed the Taliban. 2003, Halimi had returned home and joined the new Karzai government. He was given posts in Afghanistan's Justice, Finance and Education ministries under the postwar president, Hamid Karzai, and was later appointed to the government's Peace Council to negotiate with the Taliban.
In 2005, Halimi joined the 3,000-member state-funded National Afghan Ulema Council, the nation's highest religious authority and a key adviser to the president on matters of faith. Halimi is now the body's spokesperson. Over the past several years, the Taliban has killed and injured a number of the council's members.

Last Modified 2017-06-03
Established 2009-12-17