Afghan Biographies

Khaliq, Matiul Haq Mawlawi

Name Khaliq, Matiul Haq Mawlawi
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1961
Function/Grade Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) President
History and Biodata

1. Former Head of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS): Afghan Red Cross 
Fatima Gilani (2004)
Dr. Hossn Banu Ghazanfar (20200216) acting director of the Red Crescent,
Mawlawi Muti-ul Haq Mawlawi Matiul Haq Matiullah Haq Khalis, Matiul Haq Khalis acting 
Mawlavi Matiulhaq Khaleq (20211005, 20230722, 20240317)

Deputy Head:
Mawlawi Nooruddin Turabi (20211005, 20220628, 20220813)

  • Maulvi Esmatullah Asim, deputy head of the Red Cross (20211122)
    Deputy President of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) Mullah Nuruddin Torabi (20230809)

    ARCS Spokesperson:
    Erfanullah Sharafzoy (20220623, 20230729, 20240303, 20240317)

Other ARCS officials as of 20200522:

  • President: Dr Dr. Hossn Banu Ghazanfar (20200216) acting director of the Red Crescent,
  • Vice President : Dr Mirwais AKRAM
    Mrs. Fatima Gilani, Member of the Board
    Secretary General: Dr Nilab MOBAREZ
  • Under Secretary General Programmes: Dr Mohammad NABI BURHAN
  • Under Secretary General, Support Service : Mr Nowroz Ali ALIZADA
  • Health Director: Dr. Mohammad Salim BAHRAMAND
  • International Relations and Dissemination Director: Mr Ghulam Habib HESAM
  • Disaster Management Director : Mr Abdul Rahman KALANTARY
  • HR - Finance Director: Mr Mohammad Taib YOSUFZAI
  • Director of Internal Audit : Mr Abdul Habib SAMIM
  • Director of Maraston (Social Welfare) : Mr Mohammad Zahid KUSHAN
  • Director of Property Management: Dr Din Mohammad NAZARI
  • Head of Logistics Department : Mr Mohammad Arif HEDAYAT
  • HR Director: Ms Farangis HAZRATI
  • Dissemination Manager : Mr Merajuddin ZAHEER
  • International Relation Manager: Mr Mohammad Jawad MURADI


Other ARCS officials as of 20140722:

  • Vice President: Mohammad Zaher WALIZADA
  • Secretary General: Mohammed Naim DINDAR
  • Dessemination manager: Haji Noor AGHA
  • Disaster Management Director : Abdul Rahman KALANTARY
  • Finance and HR Director: Mohammad Naim ATEMAD
  • Health Director: Dr. Salim BAHRAMAND
  • International Relation and Dissemination Director: Mrs Sarema AFZALI
  • International Relation Manager: Mohammad Jawad MURADI
  • OD and Resource Mobilization Director: Mohammed Taib YUSUFZAI
  • Youth and Volunteer management: Mohammad Daoud LATIF


Provincial Directors of ARCS:
Badakhshan Province:
Sayed Naser Hemat (20100209),
Ghor Province:
Golam Yahya Rasuli (20100209),

2. Previous Function:
Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) President acting (20211105)

3. Biodata:
Matiul Haq Khaliq was born in 1961 in Nakarkhel village of Khogyani district of Nangarhar province. He is the son of a late well-known Afghan jihad commander Mohammad Yunus Khalis. After studying early religious education from his father he then migrated to Pakistan in 1978 and studied in various madrassas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In 1988 he received a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic law from the Islamic University of Madinah and a Master’s degree in Islamic studies from University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. From 1990 to 1991 he studied Hadith at Jamia Imdad-ul-Uloom Islamia Peshawar. He is also a Hafiz-i-Quran.


He and his brother Anwar ul Haq Mujahid led a group called the Tora Bora Military Front.

In 1986 he has been a teacher at Al-Hijra Wal-Jihad Madrassa in Shamshutu Camp in Peshawar of Pakistan and has been in charge to create relations with foreign organizations on behalf of the Hizibe-Islami jihadi party of Afghanistan

Mawlavi Matiul Haq Khalis, in addition to his higher education, memorized the Holy Quran at the age of 55 years. In 1990-91 He conducted a major course in Hadith at Imdadul Uloom Madrasa in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In 1993 during the establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,  Mawlavi Matiul Haq Khalis remained the deputy director of education in Nangarhar Province.

Following the US involvement in Afghanistan, he followed in his father's footsteps and began jihad with the US. In this way, he played a significant role in encouraging the Mujahideen and took on military and media responsibilities.

In 2019 after the military campaign against the United States and its allies, He has been appointed a member of the negotiating team of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Qatar for talks with the United States. At the same time, in 2020 He was appointed a member of the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Qatar and a member of the negotiating team of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with the Afghan government.

In 2021 He was appointed as the President of the ARCS by the decree 24 of Amir al-mu'minin Sheikh Hibatullah Akounzada, leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which has so far served as the acting president of the Afghan Red Crescent Society.

He speaks Pashto, is fluently in Dari, Arabic and Urdu.


Last Modified 2024-03-17
Established 2023-02-14