Afghan Biographies

Achin District Nangahar Province

Name Achin District Nangahar Province
Ethnic backgr.
Date of birth
Function/Grade District Chief
History and Biodata

Achin District Chief Nangahar Province:
Abdul Wahab (20070520)
Haji Abdul Khaliq Maroof (20120710)
Malim Mashooq Mualim Mashouq (20130203, 20130501)
Syed Rahman Momand (20130826, 20130904, 20140324)
Haji Ghalib Mujahid (20160401, 20160824)
Esmail Shinwar Mohammed Ismail Shinwari (20170415, 20180111)
Esa Khan Zawak (20180317)
Malek Islam (20180807)

Local police commander at Nangarhar's Achin district:
Bilal Pacha (20180912) arrested with his two brothers, Mirwais and Jalil because of land grabbing, assassinations and other illegal acts. Residents had gathered in Daka area of Momand Dara district for a demonstration against a former ALP commander Jalal Pacha and his son Bilal Pacha (current ALP commander) who they accused of killing and beating innocent people and as well robbing locals of their valuables. Efforts for arresting Jalal Pacha, father of Bilal Paha have been accelerated after security organs were ordered to do so.(20180921)

Pacha, former local police commander in Achin district, had been accused of involvement in arbitrary killings, robberies and maintaining a private prison. A statement from the provincial governor’s office said that the sentence was given to Pacha for misuse of authority in his post as police commander. The prison sentence was given to Pacha in an open trial in the provincial capital city Jalalabad.(20181008)

Achin is a district in the south of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, bordering on Pakistan. Its population is 100% Pashtun. Achin is home to the Shinwari tribe, one of the largest Pashtun tribes. There are four major subtribes among the Shinwari: the Sepai, the Alisherkhel, the Mandozai and the Sangukhel. Achin is mostly inhabited by the Sepai and the Alisherkhel. The tribal system, led by qawmi meshran (tribal elders), is still largely intact. Given the absence of a functioning Afghan state authority or administration in the district, it effectively provides the only rule-based system of governance.

It was a stronghold of the Mujaheddin during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.The Islamic State (IS) -- or so called Daesh -- has chosen the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province as its headquarters for a variety of reasons. The district’s proximity to the Durand Line, a contested borderline haunted by militants of all stripes, and easy weapons and logistical supply routes seem to have driven the rebel group’s choice of its HQ. After a year of fierce fighting, the situation in Achin has become somewhat better. Haji Ghalib Mujahid, the district’s administrative chief, said Momand and Shadali Bazar areas were still under the influence of Daesh, while other localities were being controlled by Afghan forces.(20160824)
Parts of Achin, Kot and Haska Mina districts have fallen to Daesh after security forces cleared the areas and were shifted to other parts of the province.(20160919)
"Achin Talc Deposit" is a occurrence deposit site in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. It is a deposit, located in the Konar District mining is not considered to be of world-class significance. The Global Witness organization has reported that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) is extracting Talc from the deposits/mines in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to a new report by the Global Witness, citing unnamed sources, the group has brought in foreign engineers from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and installed heavy machinery at the mining sites in Nangarhar province. Achin has Talc (shawkanai in Pashto), chromite (sangina) and some magnesite mineral deposits.

Sources have also added that phones are banned and locals are searched and monitored by the groups near the mines. The report also adds that the majority of talc extracted from Nangarhar mines are smuggled across to Pakistan at the Torkham border where it can eventually be shipped out to other markets.(20180522)



Last Modified 2019-03-26
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