عبداللطیف پدرام مشهور به لطیف پدرام سیاستمدار، نویسنده، شاعر، روزنامهنگار، رهبر حزب کنکره ملی افغانستان و عضو پارلمان افغانستان (نمایندۀ بدخشان) است. وی اهل ولایت بدخشان افغانستان است. او در دو دوره انتخابات ریاست جمهوری افغانستان شرکت کردهاست. پدرام از دانشگاه سوربن پاریس دکترای اسلامشناسی دارد، در سالهای جنگ علیه نیروهای شوروی در کشورش افغانستان در جبهه فرهنگی مقاومت مبارزه کردهاست. رهبر یک حزب سیاسی (حزب کنکره ملی افغانستان) است و تا به حال دو بار نامزد مقام ریاست جمهوری کشورش بوده و معتقد است که افغانستان به بحران ملی دچار شده و راه حل آن را هم نظام فدرالی میداند.
Abdul Latīf Pedrām (Persian: عبداللطيف پدرام; born in 1963), Ph.D., is a politician and a Member of Parliament in Afghanistan. He emerged as a controversial figure in the press and political circles for campaigning for women's personal rights, a taboo subject in Afghanistan's culture. Currently, he is the leader of the National Congress Party of Afghanistan and is one of the nine representatives of Badakhshan province in the lower house of parliament.
Born in Badakhshan in 1963 to a Persian-speaking Tājīk family, Latīf Pedrām is a writer, poet, journalist, and professor of Persian literature. He was director of the library of the Hakīm Nāṣer Ḫoṣrow Balḫī Cultural Center. First a supporter of the communist government, he soon began to openly criticize and oppose the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He stayed in Afghanistan during most of the war years, moving around the country to be able to pursue his activities. Latīf Pedrām was finally forced into exile by the advance of the Taliban and their policies of ethnic and linguistic segregation. Before returning to Afghanistan after the demise of the Taliban, he lived for a while in France where he attempted to promote Afghanistan's Persian poetry and literature.
Latīf Pedrām is a strong supporter of federalism and secularism in Afghanistan. He denounces corruption and strongly opposes Islamic fundamentalism. He advocates an independent, but decentralized Afghanistan, and believes that the country should be divided into autonomous regions under the control of regional capitals. Although his party is multi-ethnic and is, so far, the only opposition party that is not linked to an armed group, he is regarded by some as a secular Tajik nationalist politician. Perhaps his most controversial statement is the demand for a name-change in Afghanistan. "Afghanistan" to "Khorasan", the medieval name of the region, in order to settle some inter-ethnic feuds. His statement is based on the fact that the current name of the country is synonymous with "Land of Pashtuns".
In many publications and articles, he proposed the change of the name
- Presidential elections 2004
Pedram received the 5th most votes during the 2004 elections, with approximately 1.4% of the total ballots counted, and approximately 17% of the ballots in his home province Badakhshan - being the strongest of the small candidates. Following the outcome, he criticized the government and the results, saying that "large-scale fraud had occurred", which was "completely shameful." Prior to the votes, Pedram had argued that the presidential election should be delayed because of insecurity and to arrange for the whole Afghan diaspora to vote.
- 2009 Presidential election
In January 2009 an article by Aḥmad Madjidyar of the American Enterprise Institute included Pedrām on a list of fifteen possible candidates in the controversial 2009 Afghan Presidential election. Preliminary results placed Pedrām eleventh in a field of 38 candidates and according to the controversial Independent Election Committee (IEC), he ultimately received 0.34% of the votes. According to IEC results, Pedrām received 6,686 votes in his home province of Badakhshan, considerably lower than the 33,510 votes he received during the 2004 presidential election.
- 2010 Parliamentary election
In the 2010 Afghan parliamentary election, Pedram received 8,469 votes in Badak
hshan, being the third representative from that province to be elected into the parliament, after Fawzia Koofi and Zalmai Mojadidi.