Afghan Biographies

Mangal, Gulab Ghulabuddin

Name Mangal, Gulab Ghulabuddin
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1957
Function/Grade Provincial Governor Nangahar
History and Biodata

1. Former Governors Nangahar:

Haji Saheb Din Mohammad Haji Aizizullah Din Mohammad (2002-2004),
Gul Agha Shirzai stepped down because Presidential Election 2014 (20050712-20131000),
Maulvi Attalullah Ludin (20131114-20150321 resigned)
Salim Khan Kunduzi (20150519, 20161002 resigned)
Gulab Mangal (20161019)
Deputy Governor Nangarhar Province:·
Dr. Mohamad Alam Ishaqzai (20100204),
Mohammad Gardewal Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal (20110331, 20161022)

Governor's spokesman:
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai (20100926, 20120916, 20140828)
Ataullah Khogyani Attaullah Khogyani (20160109, 20170517, 20180111)

Director of Refugees Department:
Ghulam Haidar Faqirzai (20120109)

Director of Women Affairs Department:
Mrs. Anisa Imrani (20111003, 20121225)

Agricultural, Irrigation and Livestock Department Director:
Mohammad Hussain Safi, Husain Mohammad Hussain Sapi (20110726, 20120312)

Public health Department Director:
Dr. Ajmal Pardes (20100910)·
Dr. Baz Muhammad Sherzad, Dr. Baaz Mohammad Sherzad  (20110925, 20120527)
Najibullah Kamawal, the head of the Nangarhar health department (20151012)

Public Welfare Department Director:
Muhammad Arif (20100909)

Department of Information and Culture Director:
Aurang Samim Awrang Samim (20110317, 20111121)

Department of Labor and Social Affairs Director:
Abdul Hakim Sherzad (20110313, 20170517)

Department of Education Director:
Dr. Allah Dad (20110331)
Mohammad Asif Shinwari (20110920)

Department of Economy Director:
Sayed Qayas (20110331)

Department of Hajj and Auqaf Director:
Maulvi Abdul Aziz Khairkhwa (20110824)
Mohammad Zahir Haqqani (20180307) killed by suicide bomber

Water and Energy, Power department Director:
Eng. Mohibur Rahman Momand Mohib-ul Rahman (20111101, 20121120)

Provincial Traffic Director:
Ghulam Dastageer Dastagir (20110825)

Public works director:
Fazal Rabi Walizai (20120225) was seriously injured by attack of unknown men in Farm Heda area of that province. (20121015)

Zabit Khan Mangal (20170408)
Head of Youth Affairs Department:
Noor Agha Zwak (20120529)

Tribal and border affairs director:
Baryalai Gardiwal (20120801) sacked

Wajihur Rahman (Fazal Hadi Shinwari’s son) (20120803)
Head of the provincial customs Department:
Elhamuddin Muzhar (20170412)
Head of the Population Registration Department:

Hafeez Pahlawan (20170621)

Agate is illegally extracted from Helmand while Jade is extracted in Kunar and Nangarhar and sent to Pakistan, but Chinese companies are their main customers.(20160719)

2. Previous Functions of Gulab Mangal:
Governor  Paktia ( 20040300 -  20060300),
Governor  Lagman Laghman  (200803),
Governor Helmand (2008 -20120919) 
Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs (20150418, 20161018)
Governor Nangahar (20161019)

3. Biodata:
mangal_gulabGulab Mangal Golab Ghulabuddin was born 1957 in Gardez, Paktika Province. He hails from the Pashtun Mangal tribe. Mangal is a Paktiawal and was a member of the communist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan before it seized power in the Saur Coup of 1978. He received a B.S. degree in Literature from Kabul University. Al-Hajj Nawab Mangal (Paktia) is the brother of Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal, and Ajmal Gulab (Kabul) is his son. He served as head of the Committee that drafted Afghanistan's most recent Constitution. In the 1970s, he worked initially for the Soviet Interior Ministry in Afghanistan, and then joined the growing insurrection fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Mangal was the fourth governor of Helmand of Karzai's six year government after Mulla Sher Muhammad Akhunzada, Engineer Muhammad Daud and Asadullah Wafa. Mohammad Golab Mangal (also Gulab) is an Afghan politician, who has held a number of governorships over provinces since the 2001 invasion. He is said to be "one of the most accomplished governors to have served Afghanistan since 2001". Others say he is corrupt. In May 2008, while flying into Musa Qala with a British escort to dedicate a new mosque, the CH-47 helicopter in which he was flying was hit by rocket fire.

Mangal escaped an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen (20110524). He was driving in a motorcade from Lashkar Gah to Sangin district (both Helmand Province). He survived an explosion (20110713) unhurt  that injured two NDS employees in the southwest province of Kandahar.  Mangal was on his way to the funeral of President Hamid Karzai’s brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, in Kandahar province 20110713 in the  morning when a mine explosion hit his car in the Maiwand district,

Mangal was sacked for “political reasons,” according to a senior official in Mr. Karzai’s office. “He had lots of unnecessary relations, close relations with the foreigners which the president didn’t like. He was suspected to be involved in corruption,” the official said, on condition of anonymity.(20120920) Mangal was confirmed als Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs by Wolesi Jirga. (20150418)
Members of the Baghlan provincial council said Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Golab Mangal made a deal with the Taliban that handed over the Dand-e Ghowri area, where the fighting has been going on, to Taliban control in exchange for promises to leave the provincial capital Puli Khumri alone.(20160214)

Residents of eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 accused Mohammad Gulab Mangal of corruption and demanded his removal till Thursday or they would launch massive protest. About 25 civil society activists and political workers coming all the way from Nangarhar told a press conference in Kabul that crimes from kidnappings to murders, corruption, land grabbing, mafia groups and others had peaked under Mohammad Gulab Mangal as the Nangarhar governor. The provincial government’s campaigns against corruption, land grabbing and insecurity had threatened the interests of some mafia groups who wanted to defame the governor.(20170517)


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