Mohammad Nur Ahmad Etemadi

Mohammad Nur Ahmad Etemadi
Prime Minister of Afghanistan
In office
1 November 1967 – 9 June 1971
Monarch Mohammad Zahir Shah
Preceded by Abdullah Yaqta (Acting)
Succeeded by Abdul Zahir
Personal details
Born (1921-02-22)22 February 1921
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Died 16 September 1979(1979-09-16) (aged 58)
Political party Independent

Mohammad Nur Ahmad Etemadi (22 February 1921 – 16 September 1979[1]) was an Afghan diplomat and politician.

Etemadi was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He served as ambassador to Pakistan for the first time from 1964 to 1965. He was appointed foreign minister in 1965 and became Prime Minister of Afghanistan on 1 November 1967. Due to a failure to improve the stagnating economy,[2] he lost both positions on 9 June 1971 and became ambassador to Italy. Unlike many politicians who were prominent under the rule of Zahir Shah, Etemadi remained in the government after the 1973 coup in which a republic was established under the rule of Mohammed Daoud Khan. Etemadi left Italy and served as ambassador to the Soviet Union until 1976. He then served as ambassador to Pakistan until the Communist coup of 1978.

Etemadi returned to Afghanistan and was arrested by the Communist government. In 1979, along with many other officials in the Zahir Shah and Daud Khan governments, including former prime minister Mohammad Musa Shafiq, Etemadi was executed.


  1. ^ Garthoff, Raymond L. (1994). Détente and confrontation : American-Soviet relations from Nixon to Reagan (Rev. ed.). Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution. p. 1007. ISBN 0-8157-3041-1.
  2. ^ Golenpaul, Dan; Ann Golenpaul (1997). Information Please Almanac, Atlas and Yearbook. United States: McGraw-Hill.
Political offices
Preceded by
Abdullah Yaqta
Prime Minister of Afghanistan
Succeeded by
Abdul Zahir