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Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Mohammad Hanif Atmar

Minister of Interior

Mohammad Hanif Atmar, son of Mohammad Asef Atmar, was born in 1968 in Laghman Province. He received a Bachelors Degree in Rural Development Studies in the United Kingdom and earned his Masters Degree in International Relations and Post-war Development from York University in the UK. He has also achieved a diploma in Information Technology and Computer in the UK. From 1992 to 1994, he served as an advisor for humanitarian programs in aid agencies both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan. From 1994 to 2000, he served as Program Manager for the Norwegian Committee for Afghanistan. From 2002 until 2002, he served as Deputy Director General of the International Rescue Committee. In 2002, he was appointed as Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in the Transitional Government. He served as Minister of Education until October 2008 when he was appointed Minister of Interior.

Mr. Atmar has authored many books, including "Development of Non-Governmental Organizations in Developing Countries" and "From Rhetoric to Reality," both published in the UK. He has also authored books entitled, "Humanitarian Aid, War and Peace in Afghanistan: What to Learn,?" "Politics and Humanitarian Aid in Afghanistan and its Aftermath for the People of Afghanistan," and "Afghanistan or a Stray War in Afghanistan." He has also written numerous analytical articles on humanitarian aid in the rehabilitation of Afghanistan. Mr. Atmar is fluent in Dari, Pashto, English and Urdu.

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