Abdul Hadi Dawi
عبدالهادي داوي
Speaker of the House of People
In office
Preceded bySultan Ahmad Khan
Succeeded byAbdul Rasheed Khan
Speaker of the House of Elders
In office
Preceded byHafiz Abdul Ghafar
Succeeded byHouse of Elders dissolved
Personal details
Kabul, Afghanistan
OccupationGovernment official (Minister, Ambassador, Senator) & Newspaper editor

Abdul Hadi Dawi (Pashto: عبدالهادي داوي 1894 - 1982) was an Afghan poet, diplomat and government official. His works were published under his pen name, Pareshan (worried).


Abdul Hadi Dawi was born to a Daavi Afghan family in 1894 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He graduated from Habibia High School in 1912. In 1919, Mahmud Tarzi turned over the editorship of Siraj al-Akhbar to him. Under Dawi's editorship, the name of the paper was changed to Aman-i Afghan (Afghan Peace).[1]

In 1922, he was appointed as first ever Afghan Ambassador to London. From 1925 until his resignation in 1928, he served as a Minister of Commerce. After his resignation, he was appointed as an Afghan Ambassador to London where he served from 1929 until 1931. He was imprisoned from 1933 until 1946 as a supporter of Amanullah Khan.

In 1950, Dawi was elected to the Afghan parliament and was appointed as the speaker of the House for term 1949–1951.[2] During this time, he also served as secretary of King Mohammad Zahir Shah and tutor of the crown prince. He was appointed as ambassador to Cairo from 1952 to 1954, and to Jakarta from 1954 until 1958. In 1961, Zahir Shah appointed Abdul Hadi Dawi president of the Mesherano Jirga (House of Elders), and he was reappointed several times until the King was overthrown.[2][3]

Abdul Hadi died in 1982 in Kabul.


  1. ^ Ideology and power in the Middle East studies in honor of George Lenczowski. Durham: Duke UP, 1988. p. 281
  2. ^ a b "A glance of the History of Assemblies of Afghanistan" (PDF). Wolesi Yirga. 25 January 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ Frank, Clements,. in Afghanistan a historical encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2003. p. 171