|History and Biodata
District chief Chasht-i-Sharif Chishti Sharif Chest-e-Sharif Chashti Sharif district in Herat Province:
Abdul Qadus Qayyum killed (20100117), Qayyum is the third district chief in Herat Province to be killed over the last three years.
Farhad Khadimi (20110622)
District Police Chief:
Ghulam Rasoul Khan (20150202, 20150804)
Local Taliban Commander:
Mullah Mustafa (20100214),
Tehran has again been accused of attempting to stop work on an Indian-funded dam project in Herat Province, which would reduce the flow of river water into Iran. The fresh allegations, by a police battalion commander protecting the Salma Dam, follow the Taleban killing of a local Afghan district official, Abdulqudus Qayam, who was promoting the project. Last October (2009), Najibullah Kabuli, member of the Afghan parliament reportedly charged Iran with trying to sabotage it. The dam on the Hari Rud river, funded by a 150 million US dollars grant from the government of India, is located in the district of Chesht-e-Sharif, 180 kilometres east of Herat city and well away from the border with Iran. Once completed, it will provide irrigation for 75,000 hectares of farmland and generate electricity. But Iran will lose the unfettered use of the water now flowing to it from the Hari Rud river. When the governor of Chesht-e-Sharif district, Abdulqudus Qayam, was killed along with five security officials in mid-January 2010, the Afghan media called it an insurgent attack. The Taleban accepted responsibility, but many in Herat saw it as part of a wider problem the province is having with Iran. Qayam had been instrumental in pushing the construction of the Salma Dam. Eighty percent of work on the Indian-funded Salam dam has been completed the Herat Governor said on 20140511.