Afghan Biographies

Hekmatyar, Habiburrahman

Name Hekmatyar, Habiburrahman
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Son of Hekmatyar
History and Biodata

2. Previous Function:
CEO of Afghan Match Industry (2013-2014)
Director Operations Students Wing, Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) (2013)
Chief of Staff HIA (2017, 2021)
Director Operations BARYA TV

3. Biodata:
Habiburrahman Hekmatyar Habib-ur-Rahman Hekmatyar Habibur Rahman Hekmatyar is a son
 of reconciled leader of Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. In Peshawar, Pakistan he was awarded BA at University of Engineering and Technology. (2009-2013). He was awarded Master in Project Mangement, Abasyn University (2013-2014)  and Master in IR (International Relations).

Habiburrahman Hekmatyar has termed the Taliban and other insurgent groups in the country as slaves of foreigners.(20161230)

Taliban Shut Down Barya TV As It Was Against Taliban’s Values, says Hekmatyar’s Son Habiburrahman Hekmatyar, the son of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of Afghanistan's Hezb-e-Islami party. He has stated that the Taliban shut down Barya TV, associated with Hekmatyar’s party, because it raised issues and topics that the Taliban do not observe. He mentioned on X social media platform that Barya TV’s broadcasts were "religious and Islamic," but the Taliban objected to its content.

The Taliban's media violations investigation commission announced on Tuesday, Apr16, 2024 that the broadcasts of "Noor" and "Barya" TV channels have been temporarily halted due to their failure to uphold "national and Islamic principles and values”.

Noor TV is owned by Salahuddin Rabbani, leader of the Jamiat-e-Islami Party, and was established in Kabul in 2007.

Barya TV, affiliated with Hezb-e-Islami, commenced broadcasting five years ago in 2019, also in Kabul. This channel typically airs speeches by Hekmatyar and news related to the party.

Recently, critical comments by Hekmatyar regarding the Taliban were broadcasted on Barya TV, drawing attention in media and social networks.

In response to the Taliban's decision on Tuesday, Habiburrahman Hekmatyar expressed his views. He stated that the Taliban objected to the "religious and Islamic" content aired on Barya TV because it espoused values different from those of the Taliban.

He remarked that the Taliban are promoting their own interpretation of religion, which, in his view, is accompanied by "superstitions”. Hekmatyar's son further noted that their [Hezb-e-Islami] interpretation of religion, advocates for "consultation, rights, education, and knowledge”.

He wrote, "Religion regards the ruler as a servant accountable to the people; it dictates that the leader must be visible among the populace, accountable to them, and transparent in managing Bayt al-mal [public wealth], which are to be audited by the people."

Hekmatyar's son says that the Taliban disregard these principles. He said that the party-affiliated television prioritises religious and national values, not those of the Taliban.

He speaks Pashtu, Dari, Urdu and English.

Last Modified 2024-04-18
Established 2021-03-05