Afghan Biographies

Gilani, Ishaq Sayed Gailani

Name Gilani, Ishaq Sayed Gailani
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1954
Function/Grade Ex Wolesi Jirga Member
History and Biodata

Sayed Ishaq Gailani
Phone: 0799007311

2. Previous Functions:
Wolesi Jirga Member 2005 MP MNA Paktika
Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Paktika reelected

3. Biodata
Gailani_IshaqSayed Ishaq Gailani, son of Sayed Ali Gailani, was born in 1973 in the second district 0f Kabul province to a well-known religious family. He is the leader of Hezb-e-Nuhzat Hambastagi Milli and is a Sufi religious leader (or “pir”). Gailani graduated from Nadirya High School in Kabul in 1978, and later earned his bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Tehran University.

Sayed Ishaq Gailani is a nephew of Pir Ahmad Gailani, who is the leader of the Qadiriyya Sufist order and also the head of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA). Gailani participated in the Bonn conference in 2001 as well as the Cyprus meetings.

Sayed Ishaq Gailani is chairman of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan an announced presidential candidate for the Afghan general election which was held June 2004. His Vice-presidents were Mohammed Ismail Qasimyar, Baryali Nasraty.

(Other source: Gailani, a renowned politician and a veteran journalist, lived in Peshawar, Pakistan, for several years after the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in 1996. Sayed Ishaq Gailani is the son of Mr. Sayed Ali Gailani (Shir Aqa Jan) and the grandson of late Naqib Sahib. Gailani was born in 1954 in Shahr e Naw, Kabul. He grew up under the supervision of his sufi father in Kabul. He completed his primary and secondary education in Masod e Sad School and completed high school education at Nadiria High School. Gailani excelled in school and received a scholarship to study Political Science in Tehran University of Iran. Upon his graduation from Tehran University, he completed his LLB.  Gailani migrated to Pakistan soon after the USSR invasion in Afghanistan and began his holy war against the USSR forces and their Afghan supporters in Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Zabul, Ghazni, Kunar and Kandahar Provinces. He also worked with the "National Islamic Front of Afghanistan" and the "National Liberation Front of Afghanistan", led by Pir Sayed Ahmad Gailani and Sibghatullah Mujadidi, respectively, in various high-ranking positions.)

Sayed Eshaq Gailani is the head of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan and a supporter of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.(20200804)

Soon after the defeat of the USSR forces, Mr. Gailani began his efforts for peace-building, national solidarity, and unity.

Gailani and his team established a party, named the "National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan" (NSMA) in 2002. The party registered with the Ministry of Justice after the creation of the new constitution in 2004.

Gailani was the first Presidential candidate from his party. Gailani says, was the only party leader to gain the support of various tribes in the country. There are offices in many Provinces in Afghanistan.

MP Sayed Ishaq Gilani's brother Sayed Ismail was killed in a car accident (20110817)

Commission (2012): International Affairs

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on 20131019 introduced eight individuals to Wolesi Jirga to replace seven members standing down in the run up to the April 5, 2014 elections and one deceased female lawmaker.They replaced resigning MPs including Syed Ishaq Gillani, Syed Hussain Anwari, Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, Mohammad Mohaqqiq, Shah Abdul Ahad Afzali, Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi, Ibrahim Qasmi and deceased female lawmaker from western Herat, Shehnaz Himmati, who has  died in a road crash in neighbouring Iran.(20131019)


Ishaq Gailani is married to Fatana Gailani, Head of Afghanistan Women Council, and has two daughters.

He speaks Pashtu, Dari and English.

Nahzat-e Hambastagi-ye Melli-ye Afghanistan NSMA  (National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan) Sayed Eshaq Gailani, head of Nahzat-e-Hambastagi Milli Afghanistan party. Leader: Sayyad Ishaq Gailani Postal Address: Street 6, Terminal, Kabul, Road 2, Afghanistan Telephone: 0799466558, 0799300045 It supported Hamid Karzai in the 2004 presidential election despite its previous support for the former King Zahir Shah. It is connected with powerful conservative families in the Pashtun region. The NSMA is member of the International Monarchist Conference. National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan (NSMA) is a political, social, organized and respected movement, which supports democracy, tribal councils and the establishment of cultural centers. The movement struggles to contribute in the elimination of the crisis, safeguarding independence and territorial integrity, ensuring national unity and social justice and the development and progress of the country towards prosperity. The National Solidarity Movement plays an active role in the society as an independent organization. Compliance with the International principals, respect to national culture and traditions and observance of human rights, UN and other international conventions are among the objectives of the movement.


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