Hamed Wardak & Abdul Rahim Wardak

Clearly, the apple does not fall far from the tree with Hamed Wardak and his father, the current Defense Minister of Afghanistan, Abdul Rahim Wardak.

Abdul Rahim Wardak was appointed on December 23, 2004 by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.  Prior to this, Wardak was the deputy Defense Minister to the former Mohammed Fahim.

Abdul Rahim Wardak works tirelessly, as does Hamed Wardak, to achieve stability between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The elder Wardak has met with Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan; he has met with the NATO defense ministers and with U.S. General John Craddock.

His knowledge of his home country is highly respected, and he has clearly translated this knowledge and commitment to Afghanistan to his son, Hamed Wardak.