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Ali Habib Mayar

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Ali Habib Mayar
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Born (1942-07-04) July 4, 1942 (age 82)
Wardak, Afghanistan
💀DiedJune 16, 2021(2021-06-16) (aged 78)
AfghanistanJune 16, 2021(2021-06-16) (aged 78)
Cause of deathCovid-19
🏳️ NationalityAfghani
Other namesHabib Mayar and Habib Ullah Mayar
💼 Occupation

Habibullah Mayar, also known as Ali Habib Mayar or Habib Mayar, is an Afghan activist, patriot and Philanthropist, born in the Afghanistan city of Wardak in the year 1942.[1][2] He was the second of six children and son of a prominent political figure, Mohammed Esmail Mayar who was a member of the Afghan National Assembly and Governor of Kabul and Herat province during King Zahir Shah's time. Before that, Mayar’s grandfather was the speaker of the lower chamber of Parliament under Zahir Shah’s father, King Nadir Shah.[3]

Early life[edit]

In 1973 Mohammad Daoud Khan overthrew his Majesty Mohammad Zahir Shah in coup d’état and declared himself the first president of Afghanistan. Since Habibullas father was close to The King, Mohammad Daoud Khan removed many prominent members of the Mayar family from the government. Worrying about the safety of his family and having to risk everything, Habibullah Mayar left for the United States with his 1-year-old child Ali Mayar and wife, where he initially struggled as the communist government of Afghanistan seized all of the Mayar Family's assets and inflation of the Afghani currency occurred. Soon after arriving Mayar had to start from scratch and start working two jobs where he was able to save enough money to start his own business.[4]


As the Soviet troops marched into Afghanistan in December 1979, some 10,000- 15,000 refugees fled to New York where all of a sudden 110 Afghan fast food shops opened in the New York area. With the Afghan arrivals in New York, most had entered the fried chicken business such as Boston fried chicken, Harlem fried chicken and Texas fried chicken and many of the supplies for the Afghan fast-food industry were sold by Habibullah Mayar, who ran an air-freight trucking business out of a warehouse in Jamaica, Queens.[5][4]

Afghan Community in America (The Mayar of Little Afghanistan)[edit]

Habibullah Mayar was the chairman of the Afghan Community in America where he and other Activists were against the new Soviet ran government in Afghanistan. Mr Mayar would organize to help Afghan refugees with legal documents and spread out medicine and clothing for Afghan Refugees in camps in Pakistan.  In the 1980's he became a celebrity for his work in raising money and awareness for the afghan cause.  He brought freedom fighters and children missing limbs to New York for medical care. He tirelessly arranged for shipments of food and clothing to Afghanistan. Mayar, walking at the head of local parades, got to be back-slapping buddies with then-senator Alfonse D’Amato and earned the nickname “the Mayor” of Little Afghanistan.[6][7]

Signing the Afghanistan Day Proclamation[edit]

President Ronald Reagan at the signing ceremony for Proclamation 5621 Habibullah Mayar Ali Mayar

Due to Mayars success with supporting and aiding the Afghan people, Senator Alfonse D' Amato took recognition and told President Ronald Regan about what he was doing for his people and country. Historically the United States and the Soviet Union have been each other nemesis and therefore Mayar was summoned to Washington in 1985 by Reagan for the signing of the Afghanistan Day Proclamation where the United States would support freedom fighters efforts to win back their country's freedom. " Free people everywhere agree that there can be no compromise on the goal of Afghan independence, and that means the total withdrawal of all Soviet forces and the full self-determination of the Afghan people. No other settlement will end that war." After a press conference, in which Mayar and the President praised the freedom fighters for their fight against the Soviet Union, they met in the Oval Office.[8]

Return of Zahir Shah and assembling the Loya jirga[edit]

Meeting with King Zahir shah at his home in 2001 Ali Mayar

Having close ties to the royal family and being known as the leader of the Wardak Province he and some other leaders such as President Karzai were assembled to securely bring the exiled King Zahir Shah back to Kabul, Afghanistan. Hundreds of tribal elders, men, and young children were on hand to greet Habib Mayar's return to the central Wardak village of Chak on 1 March. Mayor and other leaders had been careful to explain to Zahir Shah's supporters that the former king has absolutely no ambition to reclaim the Afghan throne. King Zahir Shah's wish was to be buried in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Abdullah Abdullah Election campaign, 2014
Meeting at ARG Ashraf Ghani Presidential Office, 2016 Ali Mayar

Despite his longstanding political involvement, Mayar never chose sides and instead dedicated his life to helping his people where the people of Afghanistan praised him as one of their natural leaders. Mayar campaigned with Abdullah Abdullah and convinced his province and community to vote and support current President Ashraf Ghani.[1]


Habibullah Mayar ( founder and Chairman), Mohammad Anwar Anwarzai (Chief Executive Officer) and Professor Ishaq Nadeer (Chief Executive Officer) Started a non-profit organization by the name of HASCO ( that's headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan. HASCO supported and helped cities and local towns with humanitarian necessities such as Healthcare for Women and Children, Empowerment of Street Children and the Empowerment of Women. Mr Mayar and his organization HASCO helped with providing healthcare necessities to Women and children in need by building water wells for purified drinking water, building schools from scratch for children to have an education and constructing Mosques for people to pray in. Mr Mayar also built homes for people to live in and gave out loans for people that were in need.[9]


Mr Mayar had a long fight with Covid-19 and go rid of the virus however the virus did damage to his lungs. On June 15, 2021, Mr Mayar passed away.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The nation of Afghanistan mourns one of its humanitarian leaders today". Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  2. "The nation of Afghanistan mourns one of its humanitarian leaders". Afghanistan Times. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  3. "Remarks on Signing the Afghanistan Day Proclamation". Ronald Reagan. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Howe, Marvine (1984-10-07). "AFGHANS GET SLICE OF THE FAST-FOOD BUSINESS". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  5. "A DIRECTORY OF ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED WITH AFGHANISTAN 1987" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-06-28. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration. 1987. Search this book on
  7. "The Mayor of Little Afghanistan". The Village Voice. 2001-11-20. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  8. "Afghanistan: Supporter Of Zahir Shah Studies Security For Former Afghan King's Return". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  9. "Hami Afghan Community Support Organization". Retrieved 2021-06-28.

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