Hanif Baktash Ph.D. is considered as one of the Pashto language's leading contemporary poets and writers.
Mohamad Hanif Baktash, an ethnic Pashtun of the Amarkhel tribe, was born on 9 May 1961 in Maidan Shar (30 km far from Kabul). He was married with Meena Baktash (British Broadcasting Corporation BBC). They had two sons.
He started his studies in Mazar-i-Sharif and then continued in Maidan Shar, Kandahar, Helmand and finished Habibia High School of Kabul in 1978. He holds a graduate degree in social science from the Kabul Institute of Pedagogy. He received a PhD diploma in History from the Supreme Attestation Commission of the USSR in 1993 for his thesis titled “War in Afghanistan: Social – Political Reasons and Consequences”. In the summer of 1993 he moved to London and as of 2002, he is a British Citizen. During his time in the UK he cooperated as a journalist with the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC in 1998 and 1999. Since 2009 he worked as a consultant for Afghanistan at a consultancy in Hamburg (Germany). Baktash was well versed in several languages (Pashto, Dari, English and Russian). Hanif Baktash died in 2011.