Afghan Biographies

Balkhi, Assadullah Hanif Dr.

Name Balkhi, Assadullah Hanif Dr.
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth 1960
Function/Grade Minister of Education acting
History and Biodata

1. Former Ministers of Education:
Rasool Amin (20011222-200206)
Yunus Qanooni (200206-20040831)
Ahmad Moshahed (20040831-200412)
Noor Moh. Qarqeen (20041223 -20060302)
Hanif Atmar (200603),
Dr. Farooq Wardak (20081022-20140930) confirmed for second term by Wolesi Jirga (20100103),
Dr. Farooq Wardak acting Minister (20141001)
acting Minister of Education MoE Muhammad Asef Nang (20141209)
Dr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi (20150418, 20160522, 20161113 impeached and acting)
Mohammad Shah Ibrahim Shinwari, nominated (20171123)

Deputy Minister of Education:
Deputy Minister for Administration and Finance: Sulaiman Kakar Muhammad Suleman Kakar (20100222),
u/i Function: Mohammad Sidiq Patman (2006, 20110326)
u/i Function: Dr. Shafiq Samim (20111018)
Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Evaluation: Sarwar Azizi, (20100809), Muhammad Asif Nang (20101228)
Asadullah Mohaqiq (20141013, 20170101)
Ministry of education’s deputy, Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim Shinwari (20171111)

Ministry of Education Spokesman:
Abdul Ghafoor Zafarani (20110324)
Kabir Haqmal (20150607)

Director of the Infrastructure Services Department;
Mohammad Reza Radyar (20110325)

Director of Secondary Education:
Dastgir Moneer Dastagir Monir Dastagee Munir (20110325)

Other Officials in the Ministry of Education (as of 20110327):

# Name Position Mobile Phone Number
1 Mohammad Sarwar Azizi Chief of Staff & Senior Technical Advisor to the Minister 0777 392 764
2 Salim Hayran Director - Information Technology 0700 39 90 39
3 Gul Agha Ahmadi Media Advisor 0799 30 18 33
4 Shamshad Ayobi Website Administrator 077 428 33 55
5 Sifat Rahimee Executive Assistant to the Minister 0796 800 200
6 Jamaludin Hamid Sr. IT Officer/Database Developer 0700 18 57 64

2. Previous Functions of Hanif Asadullah Balkhi:
Construction Company Owner
Ambassador to Kuwait (20140510)
Minister of Education (20150418, 20160522, 20161113 impeached and acting)
3. Biodata:
Dr. Assadullah Hanif Balkhy Asadullah Hanif Balkhi was born 1960. He went to the Abu Hanifa religious school in Kabul and according to his introduction in front of the parliament, has a Bachelor degree from Kabul University, Sharia Faculty. He apparently also studied in Saudi Arabia, where he obtained a Masters degree in Sharia Law; he translated several books from Arabic in to Dari.

Asadullah Hanif who is recognized for his close relations with the Northern Alliance and late vice president Qasim Fahim is nurturing his own and his master’s interests.The first thing he did when seated as ambassador in Kuwait was to direct the various scholarships intended for students in Afghanistan to his own family members and his own ethnical group (Tajiks). Some of his own family members turned out to be minors and not even reached the right age for higher education.(20110314)
Asadullah Balkhi’s construction company, which provided services for coalition troops, recently reduced the number of employees to 35 from 60, halted activity at two apartment blocks in Mazar-e-Sharif and is cutting raw material imports.(20140318)

Assadullah Hanif Balkhi has been picked as Education Minister. (20150321) He was confirmed as Minister by Wolesi Jirga.(20150418)

Wolesi Jirga members sacked Ministers of Education Assadullah Hanif Balkhi and Transportation and Civil Aviation, Mohammadullah Batash in their absence with the majority of vote.(20161113)

Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi caused a public furore on 18 December 2016 when, in an interview, he said that across the country only a little over six million pupils were actually in school. His count contradicted the ones provided by his predecessor under former president Hamid Karzai, Faruq Wardak, who had reported that up to 11.5 million pupils – almost double Balkhi’s number – were attending school. Such high numbers of school attendance had not only served the Afghan government as a marker of post-Taleban success, but also donor governments as proof that their engagement in Afghanistan, though difficult, was still worthwhile.(20161208)

Balkhy speaks Dari and English.

Last Modified 2017-11-23
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