Afghan Biographies

Jahan, Mohammad Arif Shah Dr.

Name Jahan, Mohammad Arif Shah Dr.
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1952
Function/Grade Provincial Governor Maidan Wardak
History and Biodata

Mohammad Arif Shah Jahan Noori
Phone: 0796544223


1. Former Governors of Maidan-Wardak:
Besmillah Omar (Governor during Soviet time 20110918)
Abdul Jabbar Naeemi (2005, resigned 20080512),
Muhammad Halim Fidai Fidaee (20080710-20120919),
Abdul Majid Khogyani (20120920 - 20150608)
Hayatullah Hayat (20150609-20160407)
Eng. Zondi Gul Zamani Zundi Gul Zamani Zandi Gul Zamani (20160630, 20180216)
Dr. Shah Jahan (20180217)
Deputy Governor:
Mohammad Basir (2006)
Ali Ahmad (20100519)
Zakir Hussain Sultani (20150702, 2017ß

Governor's Spokesperson:
Shahidullah Shahid (20110604, 20121124)

Irrigation Director:
Mohammad Anwar (20121012)

Wardak Head of public health Department:
Dr. Ghulam Farooq Mokhles Wardak (20121123)
Provincial Telecommunications and Informational Technology Director:
Fazl Rahim (20140928)
Maidan Wardak Women’s Affairs Director:
Wahida Khkuli (20171122)

Maidan/Wardak Province status was upgraded from third to second degree.(20140325)


2. Previous Functions:
Adviser National Security Council
National Directorate of Security (NDS) Ghazni Intelligence Department head (20090818, 20100313).
Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Ghazni
National Directorate of Security NDS Deputy Director General for Support (20150604)
Provincial Governor Farah (20170324-20180125 resigned)
Provincial Governor Maidan Wardak (20180217)

3. Biodata:
Jahan_Dr_ShahDr. Mohammad Aref Shah Jahan Arif Shah Jahan Mohammad Arif Shahjahan Noori, son of Ghulam Rassoul, was born in 1952 in Jaghtu district, Ghazni province. Jahan finished his primary and secondary education in 1972 at the Habibia High School of Kabul. In 1973 he enrolled at the Medical University of Nangarhar, where he received his bachelor’s degree in medical sciences in 1980. He was an adviser at the Security Council.

Jahan served as a surgical doctor in Ghazni Provincial Hospital for six months. He then joined the Mujahideen. He was a member of the jihad people’s council in Sebghatullah Mujaddadi’s government. In Burhanduddin Rabbani’s government, he was the head of the General Audit Department in the Ministry of Defense. He has served as a representative of Hezb-e-Harakat Islami Afghanistan party in the High Council of Government from 1991 until the fall of Rabbani’s government and the start of the civil war. After that, Jahan again joined the Mujahideen and then immigrated to the United States in 1997. He returned to Afghanistan in 2007 and was NDS Head for Ghazni province until 2008.

Mohammad Arif Shah Jahan ran for the second deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga obtained  73 votes and failed to win the election.(20120211)

Shah Jahan said Afghan Taliban militants who attempted to kill American troops have been freed from prison without trial after bribing local officials in Ghazni City. The insurgents had paid off the corrupt officials with bribes worth thousands of dollars. The alleged payoffs were not part of a judicial process or a formal reconciliation deal. Jahan, who was until 2011 head of the country’s intelligence service in Ghazni, said there has been long-standing financial trade in prisoners. American officials later found, in at least one case, that sums of up to 600,000 Pakistani rupees (about $6,400) had changed hands to gain the release of the prisoners.(20120605)

Shots were heard during the protest which involved protesters moving toward the governor office of Shah Jehan. The protesters demanded ouster of the governor and other officials. At least seven people were injured in the violence. They were taken to hospital. Farah Governor Mohammad Arif Shah Jahan resigned over the deteriorating security situation in Farah Province, his spokesman Naser Mehri confirmed on 20180125.

He is married.


He speaks Dari, Pashto and English.

Last Modified 2018-05-05
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