Afghan Biographies

Khanabad District Kunduz Province Khan Abad

Name Khanabad District Kunduz Province Khan Abad
Ethnic backgr.
Date of birth
Function/Grade District Chief District Police Chief
History and Biodata

Khanabad District Chief Kunduz Kundus Province:
Hashimi (20050215),
No District and Police Chief 2010 reported.
There is a Militia from former warlords taking care of administration and security.
Nizamuddin Nashir Nashar (20101116, 20120716), Nezamudin Nasher hails from the famous and influential family of the founders of the originally Kunduz-based and now countrywide textile company Spinzarhis. Nashar's  car exploded 20120716 in the  afternoon after a magnetic bomb attached to the car detonated, injuring six people including Nasher. He was driving in the central part of the district called Chawk-e-Kunduz when the blast occurred. Nasher fled to Europe.
Hayatullah Amiri is the son of famous commander Amir Muhammad Chugha (20130507, 20141210, 20150728, 20160821, 20170418)
Qodratullah Safi executive head of Khanabad district (20161102)
Hayatullah Amiri Hayatullah Ameri (20171029, 20181107)

District Police Chief:
LT Col  Sufi Habib Sofi Habibullah Habib (20110910) Col. Hasibullah was going from Baghlan to Khanabad district when his vehicle was blown off by a planted roadside mine and he lost his live. His son and one of his bodyguards were injured.(20121118, 20130117)

Other strong men:
A roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan on 20110910 killed the local militia commander Mohammad Akbar who had been heavily involved in anti-Taliban activities.  He was commander of 20 pro-government militiamen in the village of Aqtash.

Ethnic composition - Pashtun 50%, - Tajik 30% and - Hazara 20%. District under Taliban Control (20100420)

More Background:

Kunduz has had the worst security environment of any province in the north for the past few years. And within this province there are several districts that are particularly notable for the intractable conflicts raging within them. One notable area in this regard is Khanabad district, where government forces, nominally pro-government militias, illegal armed groups and the Taleban all vie for power and control, much to the detriment of the local civilians. Currently there are more than 1500 ‘illegal armed men’ in the district. Most of them are rivals and are engaged in various disputes with each other. The district only has 170 police service members, with 20 of them serving as security guards for some local government officials and provincial council members. The rest, 150 policemen, are tasked with ensuring security for two major roads, Khanabad-Aliabad and Kunduz-Takhar, where they have 28 check posts.

The commanders of Khanabad district

Khanabad district is divided into fiefdoms by commanders and sub-commanders. Many have links with high-ranking officials in the district and the province. These are the most influential of the commanders:


Muhammad Omar Pakhsaparan is a former jihadi commander linked with Dawat-e Islami party, led by Abdul Rabb Rasul Sayyaf. He controls most the Aqtash area. Commander Omar has many enemies and rivals in the district. His major rival is the ethnic Tajik Mir Alam, one of the most influential commanders in the province; he belongs to Jamiat-e Islami . A few months ago, fourteen members of his family were killed in the explosion of an IED in Khanabad. Omar accused Mir Alams’ men of having placed the IED, and according to the rumors, has since then vowed to destroy his enemy in revenge. One of Mohammad Omar’s fiercest enemies in Aqtash is Sher Mohammad, who is supported by Mir Alam.


Commander Qadir (known as Qadirak, “Little Qadir”) was around 26 years old when the Taleban killed him in August 2014. His base of support benefitted from the patronage of Mir Alam. He ruled over the village of Chahrtut, only few kilometers from the district center. Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, identifying Qadirak as an ALP commander, said that he was killed in clashes with Taleban forces in early August. Khanabad district governor Amiri stated that villagers had invited in the Taleban to kill Qadirak, who had been regularly harassing, killing and extorting local residents. However, Qadirak had many enemies in the district, his main rival was commander Postakai (a Pashtun commander link to Sayyaf). Qadirak had more than hundreds armed men under his command, and he recently expanded his territory quite wider. This resulted in many clashes against other local commanders, and eventually his death at the hands of the Taleban. Qadirak, an ethnic Aymaq, had been assisted by Tajik and Hazara commanders in his predatory expeditions against Pashtuns across Kunduz province, including in Khanabad district.


Commander Matin (known as Matinak, “Little Matin”) is an ethnic Hazara and  rules over Charigariha village, only one kilometer away from the city centre. He leads a group of 10 to 30 armed men who often prey on Pashtun residents. Matinak has had several clashes with other commanders. The most recent case is his dispute with commander Qadirak over bacha bazi (sexual abuse of young boys). According to a local source, Matinak’s bacha-ye be-risha (the boy that is sexually abused; literally “beardless boy”) ran away and sheltered with commander Qadirak. The clash between both commanders resulted in serious casualties for both sides. Finally, local elders stepped in to settle the dispute and returned the boy back to Matinak. Matinak who had illegal activities in Khanabad district was previously arrested by Afghan forces and imprisoned.(20181201)


Commander Nawid (known as ‘Nawidak’) Naweed Khanabadi  Naweed Khan is an ethnic Tajik and a resident of Khanabad district of Kunduz province. He has the support of hundreds of illegal armed men. He was active in Khanabad and some districts of Takhar province.

Nawidak is in control of Charikariha area of the district. He has established a degree of notoriety in Khanabad. He has previously been charged with killing civilians; however in the past he has enjoyed a degree of impunity due to the backing of regional power brokers Mir Alam and late Marshal Fahim. The former chief of police, Sufi Habibullah, once declared publicly that he could not arrest him because of the interference of Marshal Fahim. Nawidak had threatened Sufi Habibullah at various occasions after this.

Notorious illegal commander Nawidak has been besieged in a private hospital by Afghan forces in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province. Takhar police spokesman, Khalil Asir said that the commander had engaged in an armed fight with Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in Khanabad district of Kunduz on Friday Nov 30, 2018. He said that one fighter of Nawidak was wounded during the fight and he was brought to a private hospital, Mawlana Hospital in Taloqan. Nawidak who is also in the hospital is besieged by Afghan forces since Friday afternoon and refuses to surrender. (20181201)


The cases of commander Qadirak, Faizak and Nawidak illustrate the extent to which Mir Alam holds leverage over his commanders. All three have been charged with killing civilians in the past, but district and provincial authorities have never been able to arrest them. Until Fahim’s death, the axis of support Marshal Fahim-Mir Alam granted them complete impunity. Anwar Jagdalak, the former provincial governor of Kunduz, publicly denounced the interference of high figures in the politics of the province on TV.

Taliban fighters have seized Khan Abad district in Kunduz and Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul provinces last night.(20210613)


Last Modified 2021-06-14
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