Afghan Biographies

Qari Baryal

Name Qari Baryal
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Provincial Governor Kapisa
History and Biodata

1. Former Governors Kapisa
Sayed Ahmad Haqbin.
Abdul Sattar Murad (2005, fired 20070717),
Gholam Gaus Abubakar, aka Ghaws, Abu Baker, Khoja Ghulam Gous Abubaker, Khwajar Abu Bakar, suspended because of slow pace of reconstruction in that province (20070821 - 20100913).
Mehrabuddin Safi (20110521, 20130129-20150605)
Sayed Mohammad Khaliq Hashemi (20150606 - 20171128)
Abdul Latif Murad (20171129)
Mohammadullah Idris (20211200)
Qari Baryal, Governor of Kapisa province (20220224)

Acting governors:
Muhammad Sharif Hakimzada Safi (20100921, 20101114, 20110110),
tawab_rahman_azizAziz Rahman Tawab Azizullah see picture left (20110330- )

Deputy Governors:
Aziz Rahman Tawab, Aziz-ur-Rahman Tawab (20120412, 20210716)  killed
Assistant Deputy / Social Deputy:
Mrs. Bayati Salema (20201206)

Spokesman of the Governor:
Sabour Wafa (20110423)
Qais Qaderi (20170430, 20180221)

Departments of the Provincial Government in Kapisa:
- Governor's Office.
- Deputy Governor's Office.

Department of Sports:
Enayatullah Hilal (2010206)

Department of Education:
Abdul Wahid Hekmat (20110412)
Deputy education director:
Abdul Rassoul Safi Sapi (20110507)
Education Director Mohammad Nasim Safi (20160613)

Department of Information and Culture.
Director Abdul Aleem Shafaq

- Department of Finance.
- Department of Radio and TV.
- Department of Agriculture.
- Municipality.

Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director:
Hayatullah Farhang (20110817)
- Administration Department.
- Department of Communication.
- Department of Red Cross.

Department of Women Affairs:
Mrs. Safura Kohistani Saifoorah Kohistani (20121207, 20141226, 20150830)

- Department of Commerce.
- Department of Justice.
- Department of Traffic Regulation Director:
Sayed Muneer (20200603) killed by unknown gunmen
Department of Public Health:
Dr Muhammad Shoaib Danesh (20210613)

2. Previous Function:
Leader of the Qaryal Group
Provincial Governor Kabul (20211107)

Provincial Governor Kapisa (20220224)

3. Biodata:
Qari Baryal led what was known as the Qari Baryal Group, which by the early 2010s was estimated to have 150 to 200 fighters in its ranks. Baryal, who is from the Tagab Valley in Kapisa and began his career as a commander in Hizb-I-Islami, rose through the ranks of the Taliban to lead forces in central and northeastern Afghanistan, including the provinces of Kabul, Kapisa, Parwan, Panjshir, and Kunar.

In July 2013, the U.S. Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center [NGIC] described Baryal as the Taliban’s “Northern Zone Commander,” and noted that as the “Parwan, Kapisa, and Panjshir North Zone Commander” he facilitated attacks in these provinces as well as “attacks in Kabul City.”


Last Modified 2022-02-25
Established 2021-09-03