Mohammad Naim Taher Qaderi (Tahir Qadiry)


Mr. Tahir Qadiry, Minister Plenipotentiary, is the Chargé d’ Affaires of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India appointed by HE President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in May 2019. Mr. Qadiry is also a non-resident Chargé d’ Affaires of Afghanistan to Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives. He is also a Co-Chairperson of India-Afghanistan Foundation (IAF).

Mr. Qadiry possesses 18 years of experience across various spheres of management, public policy development across different fields, and media industry expertise. He holds a rich background in working with government and non-government institutions. Tahir Qadiry owns a Master’s Degree in Global Governance and International Public Policy from the University of London, UK. Besides, he has obtained a Diploma in Journalism and English Language from Swan College, Oxford University, UK, and Bilingual Journalist from BBC Journalism Academy.Mr. Qadiry is an incumbent Ph.D. scholar from OP Jindal Global University, India, undertaking a comprehensive research project on scrutinizing Afghanistan’s relations with India in the context of regional powers. Further, he has taken various specialized courses, a recent on “Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking” from Harvard University.

Mr. Qadiry founded the first English and Literacy School during the Taliban era in the north of Afghanistan. It provided an opportunity for more than 5,000 local boys and later for girls to learn English and other subjects. Later, he launched the first daily newspaper called “Sahar,” the Dawn.

He started his first job as staff then in charge of the BBC Monitoring back in 2003 until 2008 and helped establish the BBC office in Afghanistan. Mr. Qadiry also provided consultations and analysis to the German ISAF forces based in Balkh as a part-time Senior Analyst.

Mr. Qadiry has also worked as a fellow with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), researching and writing analysis in the post-Taliban Afghanistan.

In the journalism area, he has been the Director of Afghanistan’s Leading Pajhwok News Agency in the north, has freelanced for Reuters, IPS, DW. (He also co-founded Jahesh Charity Organization, Kabul, Afghanistan, a non-political, non-profit organization, working to promote the culture of volunteerism in the society and work as change agents.)

In 2008, he was appointed as the Producer/Reporter/Presenter/Documentary Maker by the BBC to work in its headquarters in London. He was soon promoted as “Afghanistan’s Special Reporter for the BBC” for his rich knowledge of Afghanistan across different platforms.

In 2015 Mr. Qadiry returned to Afghanistan and was appointed Director-General of Mitra Global Network, leading a group of 200 people in policy-making, politics, media, and social spheres.

After taking office as the Charge’ D ’affaires of the Afghanistan Embassy in Delhi in May 2019, Mr. Qadiry has had comprehensive achievements in various areas of fostering bilateral and trilateral relationships. He opened Afghanistan's second consulate in Hyderabad, Telangana, opening a pathway towards linking South India with Mission's services. He has worked in areas of culture, trade and people to people contact. For his achievements, he was awarded Amity’s Global Excellence Award – “Best Diplomat of the Year”-- out of the 190 ambassadors for his tireless efforts in fostering the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and India.

During the unexpected outset of the COVID19 pandemic, Mr. Qadiry performed one mile extra to facilitate the repatriation of more than 10,000 stranded Afghans back home. At the same time, because of his constant efforts, the Indian government agreed to transfer the 75,000 tons of wheat through Chabahar Port to ensure food security. With his soft diligent diplomacy, he also received as part of performing Medical Diplomacy, testing kits, hydroxychloroquine tablets, masks, sanitizers and other items to help Afghanistan fight the pandemic.

Mr. Qadiry has frequently participated in many important conferences as an observer and analyst such as the Warsaw and Brussels Summits on Afghanistan. He has also been on overseas attachments in London, Germany, Canada, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Dubai, and South Africa.

He has won the prestigious One World Media Awards, equivalent of Oscars in Media, in London for being a “New Voice” in journalism and leadership for his creative and in-depth analysis of Afghanistan. Further, he was awarded the Utlesat Award for “Best Documentary of the Year” in Venice, Italy. He has produced/directed/presented more than 10 award-wining documentaries for BBC World TV/Persian TV.  

Mr. Qadiry fluently speaks English, Pashto, Persian/Dari, Uzbek, and Urdu. He is married and has one daughter.

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