He was badly wounded in the 1988 battle for jalalabad, with injuries to his jaw and right leg, she said.
And that was before the suicide bombing outside the NATO base in jalalabad, on the busy road from Kabul to Pakistan.
He was based in jalalabad until 2007, when the Taliban bombed his house.
Already this was the rule in Herat and jalalabad, which had fallen to the Taliban just a few weeks earlier.
The former minister says he knows the identity of the suicide bomber who hit the jalalabad airfield today.
He married an Afghan women, and his new in-laws demanded he move with them to their native jalalabad.
After eight days on the death march, the last 50 survivors made their final stand at the village of Gandamak, near jalalabad.
At the current time jalalabad's most warm with a peacefull city .
From there he went northward to Jahanabad, and north-west (not south-west) to jalalabad.
Two or three miles below jalalabad it is joined by the Kunar, the river of Chitral.