Born in 1988 In Kabul, Afghanistan and named Mariam, she now goes by her stage name, Elaha Soroor. She lived 14 years in Iran, as a result of Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, before coming back to her native country after the fall of the Taliban in 2001. She was a contestant on the 4th season of Afghan Star 2008-2009, Afghanistan's version of American Idol, and ranked at position 8th before being eliminated. Her elimination was a surprise to her and a shock to most people as she was one of most talked about stars and a favorite among many.
Elaha Suror also had some concerts which are:: 4th June 2011 Copenhagen Denmark. 26th June 2011 Nederland, Holland.
Active Hazara's Politicians in Afghanistan
Sima Samar the Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission
Samar was boorn in Jaghoori Ghazni, Afghanistan on 4 February 1957. She obtained her degree in medicine in February 1982 from Kabul University, the first Hazara woman to do so. She practiced medicine at a government hospital in Kabul, but after a few months was forced to flee for her safety to her native Jaghoori, where she provided medical treatment to patients throughout the remote areas of central Afghanistan.
In 1984, the communist regime arrested her husband, and Samar and her young son fled to the safety of nearby Pakistan. She then worked as a doctor at the refugee branch of the Mission Hospital. Distressed by the total lack of health care facilities for Afghan refugee women, she established in 1989 the Shuhada Organization and Shuhada Clinic in Quetta, Pakistan. The Shuhada Organization was dedicated to the provision of health care to Afghan women and girls, training of medical staff and to education. In the following years further branches of the clinic/hospital were opened throughout Afghanistan.
Mayor of Nili City of Daykundi Province (2008-2009)
Azra Jafari was named by President Hamid Karzai as mayor of Nili, the capital of Daykundi Province in December 2008, thus becoming Afghanistan's first female city Mayor. She was a refugee in Iran for several years under the Taliban. After the US coalition invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001, she returned to Afghanistan and participated in the Parliament
Jafari is married and has a daughter born in 2004. Her husband, Malek Shafi'i, is a filmmaker in Kabul Afghanistan.
Governor of Bamyan City / Province (2005-2009)
Dr. Habiba Sarabi was born 1956 in Mazari-e-Sharif is a hematologist, politician, and reformer of the post-Taliban reconstruction of Afghanistan Sohrabi spent her youth traveling around the country with her father. She later moved to Kabul to attend high school and study medicine at university. After graduating, she was awarded a fellowship by the World Health Organization and moved to India to complete her studies in hematology.
In 2005, she was appointed as governor of Bamyan Province by President Hamid Karzai, becoming the first woman to ever be a governor of any province in the country. She previously served in Karzai's government as Minister of Women's Affairs as well as Minister of Culture and Education. Sarabi has been instrumental in promoting women's rights and representation and environment issues. She belongs to the ethnic Hazara people of Afghanistan.
During the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, Dr. Habiba and her children fled to Peshawar, Pakistan, but returned frequently in secret. Her husband stayed behind in Kabul to care for his family. She also worked underground as a teacher for girls, both secretly in Afghanistan and in refugee camps in Pakistan for Afghan refugees. In 1998, she joined the Afghan Institute of Learning and eventually became the General Manager of the entire organization. She was also the Vice President of Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan.
As governor, she has announced one of her focuses will be on tourism as a source of income. The province has historically been a source of Buddhist culture and was the location of the Buddhas of Bamyan, the two ancient statues destroyed by the Taliban prior to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. However, Bamiyan continues to remain one of the poorest and most under-developed provinces of Afghanistan, with a litany of problems including high rates of illiteracy and poverty.
In 2008 Time Magazine included her in its list of Heroes of the Environment, partly for her work in establishing the Band-e-Amir National Park in Bamyan.
Dr Ramazan Bashardost Former Minister of Planning and is a Remember of Parliament
Dr. Ramazan Bashardost an ethnic Hazara was born on 1965 in Qarabagh District, Ghazni Province of Afghanistan in a family of a respected government employees, is Afghanistan's former Planning Minister a member of the Parliament and was an independent candidate in the Afghan presidential election, 2009
He completed his primary and intermediate education in Qarabagh and later in Maimana, capital of Fariyab in northern Afghanistan. Months after the 1978 coup d'état, Bashardost left Afghanistan for Iran. He finished high school in Iran and then immigrated into Pakistan.
In 1983, he left Pakistan for France where he spent more than 20 years, earning degrees in law and political science. In 1989 he enrolled at Grenoble University where he did his Masters in Law. In 1990, he did his Masters in Diplomacy from Paris University. In 1992, he did his Masters in Political Science. In 1
In 1995, Bashardost received his Ph.D in Law from France's Toulouse University. He wrote his thesis on the UN's role against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
After years in exile, Bashardost returned to Afghanistan in 2002 to work in the UN Department of Afghanistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry. In 2003, he was appointed as Director of European and Western Political Affairs Department in the ministry. In March 2004, he was appointed minister of planning but resigned that December in protest at the government's alleged inability to take action over 2,000 Afghan and international non governmental organisations (NGOs) outlawed by his ministry in Afghanistan.
In 2004 Bashardost published his book, Basic Political, Military and Diplomatic Laws of Afghanistan - From the era of Ahmad Shah Baba (1225 Hejri) to current years, in which he presented his analysis of the history of laws in Afghanistan. The book won an award at the Academy of Political Sciences of France, the first award won by an independent Afghan scientist and scholar.
Dr. Bashardost has no affiliations with any tribal, military or political party. He is in an independent scholar and political activist, well known for his support and defense of human rights. He is well known as a prominent voice against the corrupt Afghan authorities of the past three decades, and a bold reformer and critic of the government.
In 2004/05 he briefly served as Afghanistan's Planning Minister. He was critical of the role played by NGOs and claimed that majority of them were a source of Afghanistan money drain. He particularly highlighted the hefty amounts paid to the NGO employees and ministers as compared to the average income of less than a dollar average national income. Controversy surrounded his stance, and he had to resign under government and foreign pressure. However, his outspoken criticism of the government and his firm stances against corruption and for public welfare won him widespread support.
In 2006 he was elected as Kabul's representative in the parliamentary elections. He won the third highest number of votes, which spanned across ethnic and linguistic groups.
Sultan Hussein Hesari was Born in Kabul, studied there and graduated at the level of BS in architecture in 1980. In 1995, he did MA in architecture from the Iran National University. At the same varsity, he started his Ph.D. programme in 1998. As a consequence of conflicts and political changes, he was resettled in Denmark in 1999. He resumed his Ph.D. programme at Aalborg University, Department of Architecture & Design (2004-6).
A member of the Association of Academic Architects (AA) and Federation of Danish Architects, he has worked on a string of projects in Iran and Afghanistan besides serving as a lecturer in the neighbouring country. A prolific writer, he has contributed several articles to foreign publications.
Former Minister of Justics Mr Sarwar Danish ( 2004-2009 )
Sarwar Danish, son of Mohammad Ali, was born in a religious family in 1951 in Daikundi Province. He completed his primary education in Afghanistan and completed his higher education in Iraq, Syria and Iran. He has earned a Bachelors Degree in Law, a Certificate in journalism, a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Culture and Education, a Masters Degree in Islamic Fiqh and is working on a PhD (in progress) in the same field. Fifteen different books have comprised the result of the academic work of Mr. Danish, some 700 hundred of his essays have also been published. From 1982 until 2001, he had been the in charge of different publications. He was a member and active participant in the Emergency Loya Jirga of 2002, a member of the Constitutional Drafting Commission through a decree by President Karzai, a participant in the Constitutional Loya Jirga.
When Daikundi was announced as a province early this year, he was appointed as the first Governor.
Former Minister of Public Welfare: Mr Sohrab Ali Safari (2004- ?)
Sohrab Ali Safari, son of Haji Safar, was born on July 5th, 1945 in the Behsood District of Maidan in Wardak Province. He obtained his primary education in his district and secondary and secondary education in Kabul city at the Technology Institute of Afghanistan in 1957. From 1961 to 1965, he served on the Engineering Faculty of Kabul University. He earned a doctorate degree in Engineering from the Godseng Poly Technique in Poland. Sohrab Ali Safari is fluent in Dari, Pashto, English and Polish and knows a little German.
Former Minister of Counter Narcotics: General Khodaidad (2004-2009)
General Khodaidad Khodaidad was born in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan on February 12, 1955. He completed his primary education at Shahristan Primary School in 1967 and received his high school diploma in 1972 from the Kabul military high school. Gen. Khodaidad also holds graduate degrees from the Indian National Defense Academy, the India Ministry Academy, and from the Fronza Military Academy, Moscow.
Gen. Khodaidad was appointed to serve as Minister of Counter Narcotics in March 2008. He had served as the First Deputy Minister of Counter Narcotics since 2005. On July 5, 2007, when former Counter Narcotics Minister Habibullah Qaderi resigned, Khodaidad became Acting Minister of Counter Narcotics. President Hamid Karzai formally named him to the position on February 4, 2008 and he was confirmed by the Afghan Parliament on March 1, 2008.
In his role as Deputy Minister and then Acting Minister of Counter Narcotics, Gen. Khodaidad was active in promoting counter narcotics strategies In August 2007 he spearheaded a narcotics public awareness campaign in 22 Afghan provinces as the first step in the process of eliminating poppy cultivation. Minister Khodaidad has prior experience as a Brigade, Division, Corps and Operational Group commander.
Karim Khalili was born in Wardak Province (Behsood-Qolekhish, and completed his secondary studies at a religious school. After the Communist Coup in 1978, Mr. Khalili decided his place was with those who were resisting the changes the Communists were trying to impose on Afghanistan’s culture, religion and people. He left Kabul, and became active with a resistance group called Nasr, which aimed to free people from Communist, and later Soviet, rule. In 1981, Mr. Khalili became the Director of the Central Office of Nasr in Tehran, and was responsible for coordinating relations with a number of countries who were supporting Afghanistan’s struggles. Six years later, he became a member of the Islamic Coalition Council of Afghanistan, and later its Speaker. He worked hard to foster unity among the various Mujahideen groups, and traveled extensively within the region and elsewhere to advocate on behalf of the resistance movement.
In 1989, when the National Unity Party (Hezb-e-Wahdat) was established, Mr. Khalili served as a member of the Central Council, and for a time, as the Resident Representative and Spokesperson of the Party in Pakistan. He also served as Minister of Finance during the Mujahideen Government. In 1994, after the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, Mr. Khalili was elected leader of the National Unity Party, and led his people in the struggle against the Taliban. From that time until 2001, Mr. Khalili continued to rally his people against the Taliban, and when the opportunity for peace arose with the Bonn Conference, he embraced the process enthusiastically. With the beginning of the Interim Administration, Mr. Khalili halted the activities of the National Unity Party and dissolved its military branch in the interests of national unity and peace. He served as Vice-President of the country under the Transitional Government. Karim Khalili was sworn in as Second Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on December 7, 2004.