Mohammad Qasim Halimi

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Mohammad Qasim Halimi is chief of the Judicial Monitoring and Control Department of the Afghan Supreme Court, but was Chief of Protocol in the Taliban government under Mullah Omar. With this background, he is considered a potential negotiator with any emerging Taliban moderates,[1] and is a deputy to Afghan Chief Justice, Dr. Abdul Salam Azimi.

Halimi, who had spent a year in Bagram Prison, had given up wearing the black Pakul mujahedeen turban and had trimmed, but did not shave, his beard; he is freer to move than other former Taliban who work with the government. He also is in touch with other former Taliban, such as former Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Muttawakil and Abdul Salam Zaeef, former Taliban Ambassador to Afghanistan; they spent time in the same prisons, [2]

Given the status of women under the Taliban, it is interesting to find him at a clerical human rights symposium, where he spoke of the positive role of women in reducing violence.
Apart from organizing seminars to address Women Human Rights, we must also organize seminars on each of women related issues such as Pardah (veil), inheritance etc. When we talk about violence then we have to think that how to eliminate it. We do agree that violence exists in our society. To get rid of the issue of violence we have to start from the family level and keep it in view while bringing up our children [3]


  1. U.S. Agency for International Development (May 10, 2008), Supreme Court Opens 2008 Stage Judicial Training Program
  2. Mohammed Al Shafey (January 4, 2009), "Who are the "Moderate Taliban"?", Asharq Al-Awsat
  3. "Religious Scholars wants to find ways to eliminate Violence Against Women and to defend Women Human rights", Afghan Women Skills Development Centre (AWSDC) in collaboration of Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Religious Affairs, with financial support of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), June 27, 2006