President Ashraf Ghani’s military advisor and leader of Hizb-e-Harakat Islami party, Sayed Hussain Anwari, has died of illness at the age of 60.
Anwari who had travelled to India for medical treatment, died in an Indian hospital on Tuesday. He has left six daughters and five sons behind. Anwari’s body will arrive in Kabul on Friday and will be buried in Kabul.
Anwari was one of the prominent faces of Afghan politics. He was born in Sheikh Ali district of Parwan province. He also served as a key figure of Afghan Mujahedeen who fought against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan.
“He contributed effectively in the nation-building process among all Afghan ethnic groups,” said Mohammad Aman Rahmani member of Hizb-e-Harakat Islami party.
After the takeover of the government by the Mujahedeen, Anwari was appointed as a member of the defense commission and security of Kabul. He was also minister of social affairs and labor.
After the emergence of the Taliban regime, Anwari joined the northern alliance.
“Since his youth and when the Afghan people started their armed struggle against the invaders, he was active in the Jihad,” said Mohammad Askar Falah, member of the Hizb-e-Islami party.
Anwari also served as minister in president Hamid Karzai’s cabinet and later elected as governor of Herat province.