Jalili, Noorullah Sayed
|Jalili, Noorullah Sayed
|Date of birth
|Politician and Businessman
|History and Biodata
U.S.-led coalition troops killed 22 road construction workers with airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan because of mistaken intelligence reports. Engineers and laborers had been building a road for the U.S. military in mountainous Nuristan province, and were sleeping in two tents in the remote area when they were killed, said Sayed Noorullah Jalili, director of the Amerifa road construction company, based in Kabul, the capital. There were no survivors, he said.(20071128)
Sayed Noorullah Jalili (Pashto/Dari:سيد نور الله جليلي; born 30 January 1974) is an Afghan politician and businessman who was a candidate in the 2019 Afghan Presidential Elections and is the leader of the 'Motherland Political Party' in Afghanistan. He is the founder and CEO of Amerifa Construction Company. Jalili is a graduate of Kabul Medical University and has also worked in medical clinics as a teenager in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan, to support his household.
Jalili is the son of Sayed Abdulrahman Jalili and was born a Pashtun in Rodat District, Nangarhar Province in 1974. At the age of 15, Jalili was responsible for supporting a family of seven upon the death of his father. In order to find work during the time of the soviet invasion, Jalili was forced to leave his fatherly home in Macroyan, Kabul and move to Jalalabad. While his father was alive, he attended Lesi Nowbahar-e-Balkh high school in Balkh and later on he graduated from Kabul Medical University. During the previous Islamic Emirate regime, Jalili worked in the Taliban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Jalili also spent time as a practicing doctor and a medical director for the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) from 1996 to 1997 in Parun district of Nuristan Province. After the US invasion in 2001, Jalili started working in the construction field. He started the Social and Health Care Development Organization (SDHCO) and then Amerifa Construction Company. The company has completed a large amount of projects for the construction and/or rehabilitation of roads, bridges, schools, clinics, air bases, administration buildings, and various others. Amerifa received contracts from the US Army of Corps Engineers (USACE), UNICEF, UNHCR, UNOPS, WFP, Kabul Telecommunications, Kabul Municipality, and many others. The company generated revenue of $500 million within few years of business.
Jalili entered politics in the 2019 Afghan Presidential Elections. He was a controversial and prominent candidate in the elections. He held major campaign rallies in Herat, Nangarhar, Kabul, etc. While other candidates stood harshly against the Taliban, Jalili was in favor of formally-recognizing the Taliban and converting the governing system of Afghanistan from Islamic Republic to Islamic Emirate. Jalili has a wife and 4 children. He is fluent in Dari, Pashto, and English.