Afghan Biographies

Qahraman, Abdul Jabbar killed

Name Qahraman, Abdul Jabbar killed
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1959
Function/Grade Ex Wolesi Jirga Member
History and Biodata

Abdul Jabbar
Phone: 07066005057

2. Previous Functions:
Major General Afghan Army (1982-1992)
Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Helmand
Presidents special representative for the security in Helmand (20160331)

3. Biodata:
Jabar_AbdulAbdul Jabar Qaharman was born in 1959, in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. He is a Nurzai Pashtun. Jabar graduated from Harbi Khwanzay Military School in Kabul in 1982. He then graduated from Harbi Pohantoon Military University, also in Kabul, in 1984.

After graduation from military university, Jabar served as an ANA commander in Maiwand District, Kandahar, from 1982 to 1992. He is ranked as a Major General.

His command was the last bastion of the Russian-backed Communist government in southern Afghanistan, and he became personally identified with its collapse here in 1993, when he withdrew his forces and turned Lashkar Gah over to the C.I.A.-backed mujahedeen. He went into exile in Moscow for a decade afterward.


He returned to Afghanistan 2007 after the United States invasion in 2001 and the fall of the Taliban, and became a member of Parliament. His views on how to engage the resurgent Taliban are a sympathetic fit with those of Mr. Ghani, who has tried to open talks with the insurgency’s leaders in an effort to reach a political end to the long war.

But in the immediate crisis, tribal elders here see his efforts as impractical and hopeless — the desperate acts of a nostalgic commander. The Taliban, instead of responding to his peace calls, have challenged him to a “face-to-face” fight, and they do not like the government’s chances. “I think Mr. Qahraman is in daydreaming mode,” said Hajji Mohammad Tahir, an elder from Sangin District who recently attended discussions with Mr. Qahraman. “Right now, the Taliban have the upper hand, the government is beneath. Once you bring them down militarily, then it would be possible for local Taliban to put their weapons down and join the peace process — not now.”(20160228)

Jabar was an unsuccessful candidate in the 2005 elections, winning 3,040 votes. Jabar did not initially win a seat, but later took the place of Haji Mualim Mir Wali when he was disqualified. Jabar was listed to be disqualified by the Special Court investigation; he retained his seat. Jabar has become a well-known figure in Helmand after building a school with the capacity for 2,720 students.

Abdul Jabbar is an idependent member of the Woles Jirga 2010.

Commission (2012): Complaints and Petitions.

Hundreds of tribal elders on 20120514 asked the government to bring lawmaker Abdul Jabbar Qaharaman to justice for his “atrocities” during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. The call comes a day after nearly 1,000 people held a gathering in support of  the lower house member, but the situation turned ugly when some participants threw shoes at Qahraman.

Qaharaman said the gathering had been organised by the governor, not by tribal elders. Blaming the governor for trying to shift the blame for insecurity, he said he had no intention to fuel differences among tribe. In response to Qaharaman’s claim that no one in the province was secure, the governor said there were no security problem in Helmand, where reconstruction projects were underway.

According to local sources, a battle between rival Taliban fighters in the Nad Ali and Marjah districts that killed as many as 30 fighters on May 8, 2016 was set off by the special NDS unit. They said members of the unit attacked a checkpoint manned by insurgents loyal to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, creating the impression that they were on the side of Mansour's main rival, Mullah Mohammad Rasul. The Taliban denied the fighting was between rival factions but did cite "bandits newly armed by Jabbar Qahraman." Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, President Ashraf Ghani's special envoy for security affairs in the southern province, gave confirmation of the existence of the unit, whose 300 members wear no uniform, but he declined to elaborate.(20160515)

General Jabar Qahraman was put in charge of the military operations in southern Afghanistan by President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the beginning of the year 2016. But he is not leading those forces anymore. He said he stepped down from his post because he came to believe that military operations alone cannot end the fighting. He said the current predicament is even more dangerous than the country’s brutal civil war of the 1990s, in which he fought as a commander. “One of the reasons that this war is increasingly having a big toll on the [Afghan National Security Forces] is that the war itself is multidimensional, involving regional players. In addition to that, it’s an asymmetric warfare which, if fought with conventional means, will without doubt have casualties,” Qahraman said.(20160928)

An explosion went off at the campaign office of the parliamentary election candidate Abdul Jabar Qahraman in southern Helmand province on Wednesday 17 Oct 2018.  Qahraman lost his life, a hospital source said.

He is married with three children, one son and two daughters.

He speaks Pashto, Dari and Russian.

Last Modified 2019-05-01
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