Afghan Biographies

Karim, Sayed Jalal gesperrt

Name Karim, Sayed Jalal gesperrt
Ethnic backgr. Hazara
Date of birth
Function/Grade Presidential election 2009 candidate
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Sayed Jalal Karim (full name Sayed Jalal Karim, was a candidate in the Afghan presidential election, 2009. As a child in Kabul, Sayed Jalal was known in Afghanistan and abroad for his prodigious skills in mathematics. At the age of 9, Jalal came to the United States where he interviewed with several top American colleges, including Columbia University. However, Jalal was not able to attend college in the U.S., because Hafizullah Amin demanded his return to Afghanistan and then forced to him and his father to move to Russia. There, Jalal attended Moscow University where he was the youngest student ever. Yet never managed to complete any degree. After leaving Russia, Jalal and his father took refuge in Pakistan before finally immigrating to Saudi Arabia. There, Jalal became a successful businessman and also became involved in politics. Sayed Jalal has negotiated ceasefires and hostage releases between The Northern Alliance, The Taliban, and Iran. He operates within a network of influence that once included Benazir Bhutto. Jalal claims to campaigns on a platform that rejects the notion that Afghan politics must be tribal and divisive. He claims to seek an end to warlord politics and is a strong critic of the government of Hamid Karzai, which he views as weak, incompetent, and corrupt. Jalal lacks real political experience and international support. It is also suggested that Jalal does not know how to speak formal Persian by many Afghans within and outside Afghanistan. He lacks charisma and real chance of ever becoming the President of Afghanistan

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