Karzai's elder brother runs for presidencyPresident Hamid Karzai’s elder brother Abdul Qayum Karzai on Sunday formally filed nomination for the upcoming presidential election.

Abdul Qayum Karzai is the sixth presidential candidate who nominated for 2014 presidential elections in the last day of the nomination process.

Other candidates who filed nominations with the independent election commission of Afghanistan includes Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Sarwar Ahmadzai, former foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul, former transport minister Hamidullah Qaderi and King Zahir Shah’s grandson Sardar Mohammad Nadir Naeem.

Karzai’s vice-presidents include former Afghan mines minister Wahidullah Shahrani and former lawmaker Ibrahim Qasemi who resigned from their positions this morning.

The presidential election of Afghanistan is scheduled to be organized earlier in April next year, which will mark the transfer of power from an elected president to another elected president in the history of Afghanistan.

A successful election is seen as vital to Afghanistan’s stability, and American and European diplomats have warned that billions of dollars in aid will not materialize unless the vote is credible.

Registration process for upcoming presidential elections started on 16 September and the nomination process will be finished by this afternoon.


  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.