is a Sydney-based Afghan writer - born in a village near the Afghan
capital, Kabul in 1958. He graduated from Faculty of Civil Engineering,
Polytechnic Institute in 1985.
He never devoted himself to engineering. After obtaining a BSc in civil
engineering, he began work as a writer and literary editor with The
Kabul Times. During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, he joined
anti-communist resistance and then migrated to Pakistan in 1989,
working as editor of WUFA-a literary and academic journal in Peshawar.
In 1992, he migrated to Australia. After completion of a brief
qualifying program, he was accepted in the MA program of School of
English and Linguistics, Macquarie University, in Sydney. He obtained
his MA thesis, which was on