Biography of Minister of Interior Afghanistan

Mohammed Umer Daudzai was born on October 12, 1957 into a prominent and pious family in the Qarabagh District of Kabul Province, Afghanistan. He completed his primary education in his home district and eventually went on to the Engineering Faculty of Kabul University where he obtained his degree in Engineering.

During the political turmoil of the 1980s, Mr. Daudzai joined the Hezb-e-Islami group and became active in the resistance against the Soviet occupation. Following the 1989 collapse of the Soviet occupation and the victory of Mujahideen, he left Afghanistan for Pakistan in protest against the ensuing civil war.

 
Mr. Daudzai began working in Peshawar, Pakistan for the international aid organization Save the Children. He then obtained a scholarship to study at Victoria University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.  In 1991 he completed a Master’s degree in development studies. 
 
From 1993-1996, Mr. Daudzai worked for the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, an NGO devoted to health, education, supporting people with disabilities, and rural development.  Then from 1996 to 2001 he worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Islamabad, Pakistan. From there he moved to Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked until 2003 as a development specialist for UNDP.
 
In November 2003, Mr. Daudzai was approached by the Afghan Transitional Administration to become Chief of Staff to the President, Hamid Karzai.  He served in this position until 2005 when he was appointed Ambassador to Iran.
 
In 2006, he returned to resume his position as Chief of Staff to President Karzai. He remained in this position until 2011 when, on the advice of the President and the High Peace Council, he was appointed as Ambassador to Pakistan. He served in this position until he was appointed Minister of Interior Affairs by the President on September 1, 2013.  He was confirmed in the position by parliament on September 16, 2013.
 
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