Mir Rahman Rahmani is the son of Alhaj Qalandar Khan. He was born in 1962 into a respected family in the Bagram district of Parwan province. After completing high school in Bagram, he attended the National Military University and graduated in 1982. Mr. is a locally and internationally respected figure admired by all who believes strongly in family values. He is happily married with six children.
He has actively advocated for humanitarian relief, women's rights, political reform, and counter-terrorism in Afghanistan. He has always been vocal in the fight against terrorism, Islamic extremism, and any groups that are against Afghan societal norms and values. He staunchly supported the NATO and allied mission in Afghanistan to promote peace, democracy, and counter-terrorism. Mr. Rahmani has an impressive record of supporting US, EU, and NATO involvement in Afghanistan.
He actively combated extremism from 1996 to 2001 and was an unyielding anti-extremism leader who helped the first group of US forces that landed at Bagram Airfield in late 2001. Moreover, for more than two decades, he has been a reliable partner to the US, EU, and NATO coalition, forging relations through cooperation throughout the country and especially assisting every commander at Bagram Airfield, which was their central HQ, as he belongs from the same area, by providing intelligence and fostering relationships with the local community to secure land use rights, cooperation agreements, and security and life support services.
Numerous honors have been bestowed upon Mr. Rahmani, including the Order of the Combat Spur for his personal effort and sacrifice to assist NATO allies in Afghanistan and recognition of his support, efforts, and cooperation in the fight for Women’s Rights, Education, Democracy, and Democratic Values. In 2003 he was a champion of the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) process that helped ensure Afghanistan's transition to a democratic system and a nation that embraced democratic governance values. Below are a few certificates, and below are some medals set out of numerous that he has received from the US, EU, and NATO Forces.
Before entering public service, Mr. Rahmani was a successful local businessman in Parwan. In 2008 he was elected by his peers to be Chairman of the Parwan Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Concurrently, he was appointed by the local elders as Head of the Social Council of Bagram District. Throughout his career, Mr. Rahmani has been dedicated to serving his country and his people, promoting their economic and social interests through his public service and extensive charitable activities in Parwan, Kabul, and throughout the country. Mr. Rahmani is a two-term MP representing the people of Bagram District in Parwan Province. He is an independent political figure and is not now, nor has he ever been affiliated with any political party in Afghanistan in his career. Prior to being elected by his peers for the role of Speaker in 2019, he served in the 16th Term of the Parliament from 2010-2018, where his peers elected him to be Chairman of the National Economic Commission. In this capacity, Mr. Rahmani had oversight responsibility for the Central Bank, commercial banks, NGOs, independent government departments, agencies, and several ministries. In December 2011, he represented Afghanistan at the "Bonn II Conference" in Bonn, Germany.
During his tenure as Speaker, he has championed the people's voice through a robust legislative and diplomatic agenda. His legislative priorities included government reforms and transparency, equal treatment and protections for all ethnic groups and regions of Afghanistan, support for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to combat terrorist groups and counter Islamic extremism, promoting the rights of women and children, protections for civil society, friendly diplomatic and trade relations with Afghanistan's neighbors and allies, and strengthening ties with Western and regional allies. In addition, Mr. Rahmani expanded bi-lateral relationships between the Afghan Parliament and its counterparts in countries and allies such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union, European Parliament, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, NATO, CSTO, Tajikistan, United A rab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, among others.
During his term as the Speaker of the Parliament, he led and ensured the passing of legislation for Juvenile Protection. This law was pending for decades, and he paved the way for the parliamentarians to support this significant protection bill for the safety and security of Young Girls. Throughout 2020 and 2021, Mr. Rahmani made numerous public statements warning about the consequences of a hasty NATO troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. He also actively participated in the peace process, meeting regularly with domestic and international stakeholders to facilitate a political solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. Mr. Rahmani has consistently been a committed ally of the West, speaking openly about his support, publicly endorsing their objectives, and promoting democracy and democratic values. Even today, in exile, he remains possibly the West’s most steadfast friend in the Afghan diaspora. He has been vocal in the fight against terrorism, Islamic extremism, and any groups that defy Afghan societal norms and values. In the months following the overthrow of the Afghan Government on August 15, 2021, he continued his fight. At all international forums, he spearheaded global advocacy for humanitarian relief, women's rights, political reform, and counter-terrorism in Afghanistan.
Mr. Rahmani’s involvement in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) showcases this commitment. The IPU, an international organization of national parliaments, continues to recognize him and his associates as the legitimate representatives of the Afghan people. Since the fall of Kabul in August 2021, his colleagues and he has held special membership in this body. His active participation in all significant IPU assemblies and related events includes bilateral meetings with leading Western democracies to amplify the voice of Afghans and to press the current regime to cease their gender-apartheid policies and form an inclusive democratic government. In his meetings with Western policymakers, IPU officials, and the diplomatic corps, he is a consistent voice on critical issues such as women’s rights, education, freedom of expression, democracy, and human rights. At the most recent 146th Annual IPU Assembly in Manama, Bahrain, in March this year, he implored the international community not to disregard the Afghan people’s plight, particularly women and girls under the authoritarian regime. Despite facing credible threats to his safety, he remains dedicated to addressing urgent issues and is a reliable ally of the West. His advocacy for fundamental values and leadership in global initiatives underscore his commitment to instigating positive change in Afghanistan.