Arsala youngest among new governors
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two of five among the eight newly-appointed provincial governors have master’s degrees and the remaining three have bachelor and post-graduate qualifications.
President Ashraf Ghani appointed the new governors a day earlier to replace acting governors in eight provinces. The appointments come about eight months after Ghani was inaugurated as the president after last year’s disputed presidential election.
However, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday expressed his opposition to the appointment of four governors at a cabinet meeting presided over by the president.
Lawmakers and civil society activists have long been complaining about growing insecurity in much of the country and blamed it on inefficient acting governors.
The youngest among the newly-appointed governors is Nasrat Arsala, who is 33 years old and the eldest is 53 years old Aminullah Shariq.
According to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Salim Kunduzi has been appointed as the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, Halim Fidai of central Logar province, Nasratullah Arsala of southeastern Paktia, Zahir Zaheer of central Bamyan, Wahidullah Kalimzai of eastern Kunar, Aminullah Shariq of southeastern Paktika.
Mohammad Mirza Rahimi has been appointed as the governor of southern Helmand province and Mohammad Samiullah of Nimroz province.
Pajhwok Afghan News has ascertained biographies of five new governors.
The new governor for Pakitka is the son of Ghulam Rabi. He was born in 1962 in Bibi Mehro village of Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province. He currently lives in Kabul.
Shariq graduated from Kabul University’s political science department’s administration and diplomacy branch in 1984.
He also participated in short courses ranging from administration, civil rights, leadership, conflict resolution, composition of jirgas to elections and others.
Shariq had served as advisor with the Urban Developemt Ministry and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission. He was the Independent Election Commission chief for Logar province and had worked as deputy legal advisor for the Industrial Developent Bank of Afghanistan.
Mohammad Halim Fidai
Fidai was born in 1970 in Sultani village of the Sara Roza district of southeastern Paktia province. He has a bachlor’s degree in Islamic studies and a master’s degree in marketing and commerce and another master’s degree from India’s International School of Business and Media (ISB&M) in leadership and risk management.
The founding president of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) Afghanistan for 18 months, Fidai has worked for over 14 years with international not-for profit and for-profit organizations in the areas of education, emergency, relief, development, civil society, human rights, women empowerment and public administration.
The former Maidan Wardak governor has extensive experience in management, administration and development areas. He has remained as the editor, reporter and journalist during his work with various Afghan media organizations.
Fidai’s native language is Pashto; however, he can speak and write Dari, Arabic, Urdu and English fluently.
Fidai has been the member of Central Euroasia Leadership Academy (CELA), Center of Coordination of Civil Society Organizations, Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association, Paktika Social and Developmental Society, Pajhwok Afghan News Agency, and other adhock networks.
Kalimzai was born in 1347 Afghan calendar year in Hassankhel village of the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science. He studied management for two years and underwent a short military course.
From 1988 until 1992 he was a commander with the Mahaz-i-Milli Islami party. He was deputy intelligence chief at Kabul’s ninth police district and promoted to the rank of unit commander.
He remained a trainer at the Ministry of Interior and the deputy intelligence head for the Paghman district and deputy project manager with the Unique Builders Company.
He has been head of the Tribal Council of Maidan Wardak province since the last two years and also the head of the Mahaz-i-Milli Islami party provincial office in the central province. Kalimzai can speak Pashtu, Dari, Arabic and English.
Wolesi Jirga member from Kabul Dr. Obaidullah Kalimzai and Meshrano Jirga member from Wardak province Hasibullah Kalimzai are his brothers.
Actual resident of the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province, Arsala was born in 1982. He has been living in Jalalabad, Nangarhar’s capital. He has bachelor’s degree in economics from the Iqra University, a private university in Pakistan.
He was the head of the Nangarhar provincial council in the previous term.
He is the son of former Kabul governor, Haji Din Mohammad, a cousin of Haji Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, and nephew of the head of the Council of Ministers Secretariat, Baryalai Arsalai.
Mohammad Tahir Zaheer
Born in 1974 in Kota village in Daimardad region of Dara-i-Suf Bala district of northern Samangan province, Zaheer has a master’s degree in sociology from a private university in Kabul.
From 2011 to 2014, he served as political advisor to former Second Vice President Karim Khalili. He was one of the spokesmen for the then presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani’s campaign team.
He was elected as member of the lower house during the 2009 parliamentary elections, but was disqualified in light of a verdict from the Supreme Court after nine months and was replaced by Ahmad Samangani.
He is member of the Wahdat Party led by Khalili.
Pajhwok Afghan News is trying to ascertain biographies of the remaining new governors.
The unity government was formed in late September. The government has so far named governors for eight provinces and the remaining 20 provinces are being run by acting governors.
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