Afghan Biographies

Shaheen, Sohail

Name Shaheen, Sohail
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Taliban’s permanent representative-designate to UN
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Taleban's 2nd Secretary and Deputy ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Afghan Embassy in Pakistan (20011115)
Former Chief Editor of the Kabul Times
Freelance Journalist
Taliban Doha/Qatar Office political Spokesperson (20130620, 20190422)
Taliban’s permanent representative-designate to UN (20211029)

3. Biodata:

Sohail Shaheen Suhail Shaheen is a Totakhel Pashtun from Paktia. He was educated in Pakistan, in the International Islamic University in Islamabad and is known as a fluent English speaker and prolific writer. He edited the English-language, state-owned Kabul Times during the IEA, before being appointed to the Afghan Embassy in Pakistan as deputy ambassador. A story published about him in October 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks provides some human details about the man.

After 2001, sources place him as living in the (Hezb-e Islami controlled) Shamshatu refugee camp in Peshawar where he wrote for a Hezbi newspaper and as having later worked for the United Nations in Pakistan.

Sohail Shaheen accompanied  Taliban envoy Tayyab Agha, former private secretary to Mullah Omar, to meet representatives of the United States in Qatar in the beginning of December 2011 to hammer out details on the role of an office of the Emirate of Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. Shahabudin Dilawar and Sohail Shaheen, both former Taliban diplomats in Pakistan, accompanied Tayyab Agha.

Taliban’s permanent representative-designate to the UN is  Suhail Shaheen. (20211029)

Suhail Shaheen, the Islamic Emirate’s designated permanent representative to the UN, has been appointed head of the Islamic Emirate’s political office in Doha. Shaheen will simultaneously hold the post of the Kabul-designated permanent representative to the UN.(20220222)

Two daughters of Suhail Shaheen study in state-regulated schools in Doha, home of the Islamic Emirate’s political office, along with his three sons, a source familiar with the family said. The older daughter, the source said, even played football for her school’s team.(20220414)

He speaks Pashtu and English

Last Modified 2023-09-10
Established 2011-12-16