Afghan Biographies

Qala-i-Zal District Kunduz Province

Name Qala-i-Zal District Kunduz Province
Ethnic backgr.
Date of birth
Function/Grade District Chief, District Police Chief, Warlord, Taliban
History and Biodata

Qala-i-Zal District Qalaizal Qala-e-Zal Qal-e-Zal: District Chief (District Governor):
Moalim Mualeem Mohammad Nazir (2009), killed by bomb 20100710.
Hafeezullah, Hafizullah (20110113)
Hashmatullah Arshad (20110717)
Mahbubullah Sayyedi Mahbubullah Saeedi (20160720)
Ahmad Fahim Qarluq (20190110)
died from coronavirus (20200603)

Local Militia Commander in Qala-i-Zal District:

Police Chief:
Syed Ibrahim Turkman, police chief of Qalai Zal district (20100728)
Abdul Majeed (20110510) escaped unhurt while his vehicle stroke a road side bomb in Qala-e Zal district of northern province of Kunduz.
Habibullah Muhtashim (20141204)
Safiullah Amiri (20160721)

Gachi Nabi aka "Commander Nabi", Turkmen, (20091112),

Taleban Chief:
Mullah Selba (20091112),


Qalay-I-Zal District is situated in the western part of Kunduz Province, northern Afghanistan. It borders Balkh Province to the west and Tajikistan to the north along the Panj, Vakhsh and Amu Darya rivers. To the east it borders Imam Sahib District and to the south Kunduz and Chahar dara districts. Qalay-I-Zal River flows through the district and divides it in two parts. The population is 60,600 (2006) - 90% Turkmen and 10% Pashtun. The district is almost a desert and only the irrigated land is arable. The agriculture and carpet weaving are the most important sources of income. The district was fought over with the Taliban in the War in Afghanistan. The Taliban captured Qalay-I-Zal District on 6 May 2017 during their 2017 spring offensive; Operation Mansoori. According to Sayyed Assadullah Sadat, a provincial council member in Kunduz, the militants captured the governor’s house and took control of the police headquarters in Aq Tapa in Qala-e Zal district of the volatile province on Saturday, Apr 28, 2018.

More Background:

3. Biodata Mualim Mohammad Nazir
Killed Moalim Mualeem Mohammad Nazir was a former school principal and an ethnic Pashtun, presiding over Qala-i-Zal District, Kunduz Province, with a majority ethnic Turkmen population. The district also has ethnic Pashtun, Uzbek, and Tajik minorities. "We decided that in Qala-i-Zal we would hire 150 to 200 "auxiliaries" to the police force,” says the district governor, Mohammad Nazir. “And we decided the people who are hired should be good people whose character can be vouched for by the mullahs, the elders, or the council itself. We had to hire good people, not irresponsible ones." (20091101)

Police sources said the Qala-e-Zal district just outside Kunduz fell to the militants on Saturday morning May 6, 2017  after Afghan security forces pulled out of the district to avoid further civilian and military casualties in the heavy fighting.

Last Modified 2020-06-03
Established 2009-11-26