Afghan Biographies

Etelaf baray Nejat-e Afghanistan (Coalition for the Salvatio

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Members Etelaf baray Nejat-e Afghanistan (Coalition for the Salvation of Afghanistan):
Salahuddin Rabbani (acting Chairman of Jamiat and Foreign Minister),
Muhammad Mohaqeq (leader of Hezb-e Wahdat Mardom and Deputy Chief Executive),
Atta Muhammad Nur (Balkh Governor and Chief Executive of Jamiat),
General Abdul Rashid Dostum (first Vice-President and leader of Jombesh-e Milli),
Muhammad Nateqi (Deputy of Wahdat-e Mardom)

Leaders of three major political parties – Jamiat-e Islami Afghanistan, Jombesh-e Melli Islami and Hezb-e Wahdat-e Mardom-e Afghanistan – announced their decision to form a new coalition on June 30, 2017 called the “Etelaf baray Nejat-e Afghanistan (Coalition for the Salvation of Afghanistan).” The leaders of the coalition said that its aim was to “prevent the collapse of the system, avoid political chaos and restore national trust” among the political classes inside and outside the government. It is not clear, however, whether this coalition includes party leaders or how much support, in particular Jamiat, has from other party heavyweights or from its grassroots members.

The members of the coalition – also called the ‘Ankara Triangle’ by Afghan social media activists – because it emerged out of meetings in Dostum’s Ankara residence – are political leaders from the Tajik, Hazara and Uzbek communities. Mainly:

  • First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum, the founder and leader of Jombesh-e Melli Islami Afghanistan (National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan) and until recently the unchallenged leader of the Uzbek community;
  • Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, acting chairperson of Jamiat-e Islami Afghanistan (Islamic Society of Afghanistan), one of the strongest parties and predominated by Tajiks;
  • Balkh Governor Atta Muhammad Nur, head of Jamiat-e Islami’s Executive Council (shura-ye ejra’iya);
  • Second Deputy Chief Executive Muhammad Mohaqeq, the leader of Wahdat-e Islami Mardom-e Afghanistan (People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan) and an influential Hazara leader.


Last Modified 2017-07-28
Established 2017-07-28