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Sayed Qassem Reshtia

writer , diplomatist

Sayed RESHTIA, Afghan writer and diplomatist. 1934; Afghan Red Crescent Society; Afghan Historical Society and Encyclopedia Society.


Reshtia, Sayed Qassem was born on March 21, 1913 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Son of Sayed Habib and Zainab (Azimi) Reshtia.


Istiqlal High School, Kabul, Financial and Banking Institute. Kabul. Kabul University College, of Political Science.


Writer and diplomatist. President 1938, Director-General of Publications. Press Department 1940-1944, President 1948.

President Government Economics Planning Board. Liaison Officer with United Nations Technology Co-operation Mission in Afghanistan 1950. Government Co-operative Organization 1952, Bakhtar News Agency 1954.

Minister of Information 1956-1960, 1963-1964, of Finance 1964-1965. Afghan delegation to United Nations 10th and 24th General Assembly. Vice-Chair, of the Drafting Committee of Constitution 1964.

Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary 1960-1962, to United Arab Republic 1962-1963 (also accredited to Lebanon, Sudan, Greece), to Japan 1970-1973 (also accredited to Philippines) (retired). Delegate to 1st Afro-Asian Conference (Bandung) 1955, 1st and 2nd Non-AJigned Conference (Belgrade) 1961, (Cairo) 1965. Accompanied the King of Afghanistan to United Arab Republic, Yugoslavia 1960, United States of America 1963, USSR 1965.


  • Other Work

    • Afghanistan in the 19th Century, Jawani Afghan. Jamaluddin Afghani 1977, The Price of Liberty: The Tragedy of Afghanistan 1984, Between Two Giants, a Political History of Afghanistan since the 19th Century, and several novels.


1934; Afghan Red Crescent Society. Afghan Historical Society and Encyclopedia Society.


  • Other Interests

    Reading and walking.


Married Noorjahan Ziaee, May 17, 1930 (deceased September 1946). Children: Sayed Ehsanullah, Leila Enayat-Seraj. Married Golalai Seraj, December 19, 1971.

Sayed Habib Reshtia

Zainab (Azimi) Reshtia

Noorjahan Ziaee

Golalai Seraj

Sayed Ehsanullah Reshtia

Leila Enayat-Seraj Reshtia