Najibullah Lafraie

Najibullah Lafraie

Najibullah Lafraie

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Dr. Najibullah Lafraie was the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan between 1992 and 1996. He is now a lecturer in political studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Academic study

He obtained his BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University and his MA and Ph. D. in Political Science from University of Hawaii. He also lectured at the University of Hawaii while writing his dissertation.

Return to Afghanistan

He joined the liberation movement against the Soviet invasion of his home country in the 1980s. Soviet searches of his relatives houses meant many personal items he had acquired while in the west were destroyed. Some of his brothers joined in the jihad aganist Soviet Union, in which one of his brothers became a martyr. He was appointed as Minister of Information in the Interim Government of Afghanistan in 1989 and as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in the Islamic State of Afghanistan after the downfall of the communist regime in 1992. During his time in the Jamiat Islami and the interim Afghani government from 1979 to 1996 he participated in numerous conferences including the United Nations Summit at Commemoration of its 50th Anniversary, two UN General Assemblies, several meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement, Organization of Islamic Confederacies and Economic Cooperation Organisation. He served in that position until the Taliban captured Kabul City in September 1996. One of his brothers was imprisoned by the Taliban, and Najubullah had to...
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