Afghan Biographies

Omari, Said Abdul Nabi

Name Omari, Said Abdul Nabi
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1969
Function/Grade Provincial Governor Khost
History and Biodata

1. Former Governors Khost:
Abdul Hakim Taniwal (20020329),
Merabuddin, Mirabuddin, Pathan (Pattan, Patan) (2004),
Arsala Jamal (20060726,
Engineer Hameedullah Hamidullah Qalandarzai (20090319),
Abdul Jabbar Naeemi Habibullah Ansari (20100408 -20150606)
Hukam Khan Habibi (20150609, 20160216, 20170703, 20181227)
Ghazi Nawaz Tanai is Dr. Abdullah "appointed" governor (20200223)

Mohammad Abdul Halim Fedai (20181227, 20190101, 2020706)
Muhammad Sadiq Patman (20200707)
Said Mohammad Nabi Omari (20210824, 20220227)

Deputy Governor:
Tahir Khan Sabari Sabiri (20100105),
Abdul Wahid Patan (20150513, 20150606)
Mohammad Din Shah Mohabad (20210911)

Governor's spokesman:
Mubarez Zadran Mobariz Zadran (20110909, 20160605)
Head of provincial cultural and information directorate:

Shabbir Ahmad Usmani Shabir Ahmad Osmani, director of information and culture (20211010, 20220417)
Talib Mangal Talib Khan Mangal (20180930, 20190111, 20200303)

Head of provincial health department:
Dr Amin Badshah Ahmadzai (20090325)
Hidayatullah Hamidi (20110921)
Dr. Amir Badshah Mangal (20120421)
Mohammad Hashim Sayedi (20160210)
Dr Habib Shah Ansari (20210613)

Director of public services in Khost:

Mawlavi Mohammadullah Ahmad (20211013)

Director of public works and social affairs:
Mamoor Shah (20110120),
Mohammad Kamal Zadran (20130601)
Engineer Mamur Shah (20150513, 2017)
Eng. Hameed Shah had replaced Mamorshah removal (2018)
Deputy director of the Khost Public Works Department:

Mawlavi Wajid (20211013)
in charge of maintaining the roads of Khost Public Works Department:

Engineer Seyed-Ul-Rehman Mana (20211013)

Povincial director of information and culture department:
Mohammad Amin Shah (20100805) 

Natural Disaster Management Authority Director:
Eng. Akbar (20110914) 

Provincial transport department director:
Gul Rahim Shah was detained along with his brother and son for alleged links with Taliban (20120205)
Urban Development Director:
Eng. Yousaf (20130331)
Khost Hajj and Islamic Affairs director:
Maulvi Izharuddin (2003, 20180930)  erformed the annual hajj pilgrimage every year except 2018  with 10 to 14 officials of his department and some ulema and all their expenses were paid from the government budget.
Kuchis affairs director:
Atta Mohammad Qanay (a former Paktia Teachers Training Center head) was introduced to the attorney’s office over alleged administrative corruption (20190111)

More than 100,000 Afghans from Khost work in the UAE and the expatriates have expressed the wish of having an airport in their province as they could directly travel to Khost from UAE without landing in Kabul.(20180409)

2. Previous Function:
Member of Taliban Negotiation team

Governor Khost Province (20210829, 20220227)

3. Biodata:
Said Abdul Nabi Omari
Muhammad Nabi Omari was born 1969 in Khost Province, Afghanistan and is from the Ismailkhel-Manozai district of Khost. He is a minor figure. One witness said he worked as a judge in Khost during the Taliban Emirate. He may also have worked in the Ministry of Tribes and Borders under the then ministership of Jalaluddin Haqqani. If he has connections as a client to the Haqqanis, that may explain why this junior figure is on the list for release – given the US desire to secure the release of their soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, whose capture in 2009 was claimed by a Haqqani commander, Mullah Sangin. Witnesses who know the Khost Taleban were mystified as to why the US authorities believe Omari is one of the major figures they have in custody. He claimed that after the US invasion he had been a loyal supporter of the Hamid Karzai government, and that he had been a covert operative for a US intelligence officer he knew only as "Mark".

Mulla Muhammad Fazal Akhond, Mulla Norulla Noori, Mulla Khairulla Khairkhwa, Mulla Abdul Haq Waseeq, Mawlavi Mohammad Nabi, were released from Guantanamo detention facility. They were  transferred to Qatar on May 31, 2014. (20140601)

Hafiz Abdul Rashid Omari is the brother of Muhammad Nabi Omari, the former Guantanamo inmate who is currently a key member of the Taliban political office in Qatar.

More Background:

Abdul Nabi Omari was clearly added to the list because of his links to Bergdahl’s captors, the Haqqani network. A younger brother, Abdul Rashid, is close to and possibly an aide of the effective leader of the network, Serajuddin Haqqani. In 2012, it was published that Omari was from Khost and had worked there as a judge during the Taleban government and that he may also have worked in the ministry of tribes and borders under the then ministership of Serajuddin’s father, Jalaluddin Haqqani. (A younger brother of Jalaluddin Haqqani, Ibrahim Omari, was deputy minister then.) Since then, more details have been gathered. According to one of Omari’s students, he is from the Ismailkhel-Manozai district of Khost and was very active during the jihad against the Soviet occupation, fighting with the students’ (taleban) front of the mullah-dominated mujahedin faction, Harakat-e Enqelab-e Islami. Omari’s student said that, in 1994-96 (ie during Rabbani’s mujahedin government), he was Khost’s security chief (amer-e amniat). He said many khalqi communists were assassinated in Khost during this time and their followers believed Omari was behind these killings. When the Taleban were in power, his student said he served as chief of police in Zabul, and later as chief of the border police at the Ministry of Interior. (The Taleban videoreleased after the prisoner swap simply describes him as a former commander of a border police bataillon.) The US contention that Omari “was a senior Taliban official who served in multiple leadership roles” is nonsense. In reality, he was a mid-level figure, although one whose ongoing links to the Haqqani family got him onto the released list. The other four former detainees can be classed as Taleban leaders, but not Omari. 


Last Modified 2022-04-18
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