Shahabuddin Hekmatyar

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Shahabuddin Hekmatyar
Nationality Afghanistan
Known for Brother of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Shahabuddin Hekmatyar was captured by Pakistan undercover police on August 17, 2008.[1][2] He is the younger brother of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the founder of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin. The United States classifies Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin as a terrorist organization.[3]

His capture was near Peshawar, on the road between the Shamshato refugee camp and the "University Town". The Asia Times reported that his capture by Pakistani security officials[4]:

...appears he was offered up by Pakistan in a desperate effort by NATO to unravel the links between the revival of warlordism in Afghanistan and the Taliban insurgency.

In May 2005 the International Committee of the Red Cross delivered a letter to Shahabuddin Hekmatyar from his son Abdullah Shahab saying that he is being held at the Bagram Theater internment facility.[3]

His elder brother being underground it was Shahabuddin who announced the death of their mother in April 2003.[5]

Pakistani newspaper The News International reported in January 2009 that Shahabuddin had been recently released after six months in Pakistani custody.[6] The paper reported that his younger son, Salahuddin, had recently been released from Afghan custody, after three years of detention. They reported, however, that his elder son, Abdullah Shahab, remained in US custody in Bagram.


  1. "Police arrest Hekmatyar's brother". Quqnoos News Service. 2008-08-17. Archived from the original on 2009-04-28. 
  2. "Hekmatyar’s brother ‘detained’". Dawn (Pakistan). 2008-08-17. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Hekmatyar's nephew under detention at Bagram". Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan. May 2005. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. 
  4. Syed Saleem Shahzad (2008-08-2003). "Afghan numbers don't add up". Asia Times. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. 
  5. "Mother of fugitive Afghan warlord dies in Pakistan hospital". Associated Press Worldstream. 2003-04-28. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. 
  6. "Govt releases brother of Hekmatyar". The News International. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2010-05-22. "His other son, Abdullah Shahab, who was held by the US forces in Kunar province of Afghanistan two years back is still languishing in the heavily guarded Bagram Prison in Afghanistan."