Afghan Biographies

Akhunzada, Al-Haj Mullah Sheer Mohammad


Name Akhunzada, Al-Haj Mullah Sheer Mohammad
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1970
Function/Grade Meshrano Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Helmand reappointed
History and Biodata

Alhaj Shir Mohammad Akhonzada
Phone: 079960000

2. Previous Functions:
Jihad Commander Kajaki District, Helmand Province,
Member of Bonn and Rome Conferences,
Member of Emergency Loya Jirga,
Police Chief Musa Qala District,
Governor of Helmand
Kandahar Governor (2001-2005)
Meshrano Jirga Member 2005 MP MNA Helmand appointed
Meshrano Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Helmand reappointed

3. Biodata:
Akhunzada_Sher_ShirAl-Haj Mullah Sheer Mohammad Akhundzada was born in Herat Province. He  is one of the 34 by the President (Karzai) appointed Members of the Meshrano Jirga. He is not elected. Sher Shir Mohammed Akhundzada is a tribal leader who was the governor of Helmand Province in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2005. He is from the Akhundzada family in Helmand who played an important role from the very beginning of the conflict in the southwest. Belonging to main tribe of Helmand, the Alizais, they hailed from Musa Qala district in northern Helmand.Others say from Kajaki District. He has a B.A. in Law.

Sher Mohammad Akhundzada is the son of a former mujahedeen commander Mullah Mohammad Rasoul Akhonzada.. He lived in exile during Taliban rule with future president Hamid Karzai in Quetta, Pakistan, where they became close associates. President Karzai appointed Akhundzada governor of Helmand Province following the removal of the Taliban. Akhundzada claims credit for keeping the province free of Taliban attacks during his time in office.

Sher Muhammad Akhunzada, was widely believed to have links to Helmand’s vast and expanding drugs trade. Amir Muhammad Akhunzada, is the brother of Sher Muhammad Akhunzada. He is thought to have links to the drugs trade and has been banned from running in elections because he refuses to disband his personal militia. British officials have also refused to work with him.

Additional reports identified the governor of Helmand province, Sher Mohammed Akhunzada, a close friend and ally of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as personally profiting from the illicit trade. Indeed, British counternarcotics officials said that Akhunzada "was accused of favoring his cronies with prime real estate parcels and commanded hundreds of well-paid gunmen, while the police force was undermanned and unpaid and mullahs, aid workers, teachers, and women activists who opposed poppy cultivation were being gunned down."

One tribal elder in the Marja district of Helmand alleged that the vote rigging for the Presidential Election 20090820 was being organised by members of Mr Karzai's family and local tribal allies, particularly Sher Mohammad Akhundzada, the former governor of the province. Akhunzada is a member an the Chairman of the Internal Security and Defense Committee 2010.

He is a member of the Internal Security, Defense Affairs and Local Organs Commission.

Last Modified 2012-02-21
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