Afghan Parliament: Profile of an Infamous Member

After last year’s parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, ordinary Afghans were deluded when many former warlords, Taliban commanders and other human rights violators found their way to the country’s parliament. This fact, however, still lies burried under the pile of media hype covering the "positive" outcome of the "historic" event.

According to reports, as many as three former Taliban commanders are now members of parliament. These members include the Taliban responsible official who directly oversaw the destruction of the 2000 year-old  giant statues of Buddha in Bamian, and Maulana Abdul Salam Rocketi, a notorious commander, known for his involvement in civilian executions.

Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, an Afghan MP with a serious human rights violation track recordAnother member of parliament, who is as bad a violator of human rights as the Taliban, is Professor Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, an ethnic Pushtoon responsible for the training of Al-Qaeda recruits in Afghanistan and killing of civilians en mass. What is worse, however, is that he is still very powerful and influential. Here is a brief profile of Abdul Rasul Sayyaf.

  • Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf was born in 1946 in Paghman Valley, Afghanistan.
  • He holds a degree in religion from Kabul University and a masters from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
  • He was a member of the radical group Akhwan-ul-Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) founded in 1969 by two other human rights violators, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Dr. Syed Burhanuddin Rabbani. This group was known to engage in radical Islamic practices, such as throwing acid in the faces of unveiled women.
  • In 1973 he collaborated with Burhanuddin Rabbani and a Tajik warlord, Massoud in a failed coup attempt against the then president, Dawood Khan.
  • Until after the Soviet invasion in 1979, he was only recognised by the Pakistanis as the leader of the Ittihad-i-Islami Baraye Azadi Afghanistan {Islamic Union for the Liberation of Afghanistan} faction, known for its serious human rights violations during the civil war of 1992-1996.
  • Sayyaf, a Wahabi Muslim, had a close relationship with Osama bin Laden during the jihad against the Soviets. Together they established a network of training camps, bunkers and emplacements in the Jalalabad area. The facilities were later used by Al-Qaeda personnel.
  • After the withdrawal of the Soviet forces in 1989, and the overthrow of the Soviet-backed régime in 1992, Sayyaf’s organisation’s human rights record became noticeably worse, underlined by their involvement in the infamous massacres and rampages in the streets of Kabul against civilians.
  • In 2001 Sayyaf was the only Pashtun member of the Northern Alliance.
  • In 2003 Sayyaf was elected to be one of the 502 representatives at the Constitutional Loya Jirga in Kabul. As a former mujahideen leader, Sayyaf heavily influenced the future constitution by forcing radical Islamic clauses into it.
  • In 2004 he exerted pressure on Karzai to appoint his ally, Fazal Hadi Shinwari, chief justice. In violation of the constitution, Shinwari, who still holds the post, was over the age limit and had training only in religious, not secular, law.

For more information on Sayyaf’s atrocities during the civil war of 1992-1996, see Human Rights Watch’s report, Blood-stained Hands: Past Atrocities in Kabul and Afghanistan’s Legacy of Impunity.

Sources used in compiling this profile:

  1. Rasool Sayyaf: Information from Answers.com
  2. GlobalSecurity.org: Ustad Abdul Rasool Sayyaf

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8 Responses to “Afghan Parliament: Profile of an Infamous Member”


  1. 1 khushal nawabi April 18, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    fuck u bousted u are the fucken person which bring the country to worst and fuck the public economy distroyed the accomidtions and fainally u did too much worng thing that is not forgetable and fucken

    i have to many bad words to u but i m tired , i can writ it hope u dont mind i dont like u beard i fuck u dought i fuck u sister u fuck the country u are son of bitch

    • 2 Dr Mustafa September 19, 2010 at 11:02 am

      Dear Mr Khushal Nawabi,
      I read your comment regarding the Mujahidin especially regarding Prof Ustad Sayyaf and it is very embarrasable how can you write these kind of bullshits aganist those who give us the Niamat Elahi which is FREEDOM. Freedom from the invasion of Soviet Union.
      I have a qestion from you and from all those like you that where were you during the Jehad, when the Russain forces made slave every afghan,when they kill innocent afghan,when they rapped afghan women and girls actually mine and yours mothers and sisters, when they destroyed our infrastructures, when they multiply our economy in zero etc?In fact these Mujahidin was the heros who give us Freedom from all thes shits, then how dare you write these kind of fucking comments, For the sake of Allah PLEASE pray Namaz Nafel and ask Allah to forgive you and don’t act like this in future.

      • 3 Attard May 22, 2011 at 3:58 am

        With all due respect,Dr Mustafa, your disillusion about your warlords ..the worst criminals in your country, just as bad as the Taliban shows how corrupt your country is!! You have to wake up to yourself and reality!! You have a long list of these criminals in your Parliament.. we in the west know all about them .. so does the United states ..But there is so much corruption and control, that they manipulate anyone including yourself. There are like Burhanuddin Rabbani, Mohamed Mohaqiq, Younis Qanooni, Qasini Fahini, Rashid Dostrum; karim Khalili; Siddique Chakir; Ahmed Shah Massoud ..and the list goes on ..All led by the Gulbable Karzai ..another crook not as bad as them but he is an accomplice… Open your eyes. Being a Doctor does not mean you are not a victim of thier manipulation. And one other note , you told Namaz to pray and ask God (Alla) to forgive him .. The Criminals murderers I mentioned above done all their Attrocities in the Name of Allah ..They will all rot in helll and all those who cover their crimes like yourself ..YOU better pray to Alah to forgive you and change your ways
        C. Attard

  2. 4 Mustafa February 18, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Dear Readers,

    This leader of couple of thugs, not the Afghan people have exploited Afghanistan to built their mansions and load up their Swiss Bank Accounts (which I find it hard to believe they are not frozen).

    This guy and Dostum, Rabanni, Gul Buddin etc are War Criminals confirmed by the West, yet they are given the freedom to roam as they please b/e they promise the West that they have control.

    They don’t have anything that is why the West is in the mess they are in today.

    So from an Afghan to this low life thug, go to hell. For those that support him for what ever reason, please wake up and SO SOMTHING GOOD FOR A CHANGE.

    PEACE

  3. 5 Niazi April 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Salam !

    you know what ?
    there is no one in afghanistan to work for our future, if i clrearly say this it means that every body is corrupt here in afghanistan.

    lets have the parlement members. what is their job?
    are they getting paied by afghan government to do nothing, to have a nice house or building, to drive an expenside cars and have some guards to protect them.

    i know some PMs that they are from south and the only thing that they did for south (Helmand Province) is made nice buildings for themself.

    what is their job? why they are getting paied that much money?
    why they have cars and gaurds and nice buildings?
    while we have our own nationals bigging for food and money. they have no house to live no food to eat and no work to earn money.
    who is going to think about these local nationals?

    my last question is that why they are still alive and why the afghan government is not letting the new generation to take reponsibility?

    peace

    • 6 Attard May 22, 2011 at 4:06 am

      Dear Niazi ..you are right..not all Afghanis are corrupt..ofcourse not..but the one in Power are and they kill and assasinate at will and many are scared of these murderers. Take the Zionist Izrael for example ..Murders and assasinates with impunity and condoned by the United States ..and they do what they like cause they have the power ..for now!!

      Masalama

      Attard

  4. 7 Attard May 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

    With all due respect,Dr Mustafa, your disillusion about your warlords ..the worst criminals in your country, just as bad as the Taliban shows how corrupt your country is!! You have to wake up to yourself and reality!! You have a long list of these criminals in your Parliament.. we in the west know all about them .. so does the United states ..But there is so much corruption and control, that they manipulate anyone including yourself. There are like Burhanuddin Rabbani, Mohamed Mohaqiq, Younis Qanooni, Qasini Fahini, Rashid Dostrum; karim Khalili; Siddique Chakir; Ahmed Shah Massoud ..and the list goes on ..All led by the Gulbable Karzai ..another crook not as bad as them but he is an accomplice… Open your eyes. Being a Doctor does not mean you are not a victim of thier manipulation. And one other note , you told Namaz to pray and ask God (Alla) to forgive him .. The Criminals murderers I mentioned above done all their Attrocities in the Name of Allah ..They will all rot in helll and all those who cover their crimes like yourself ..YOU better pray to Allah to forgive you and change your ways.
    C. Attard

  5. 8 Naeem khan April 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    all of them are thieves


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