Afghan Biographies

Barakzai, Mohammad Akbar Haji

Name Barakzai, Mohammad Akbar Haji
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade ex Provincial Governor Baghlan
History and Biodata

1. Former Governors of Baghlan:
Faqir Mohammad Mamozai,
Engineer Mohammad Omar (2003),
Juma Khan Hamdard (20050206),
Mohammad Alam Rasikh (20060718),
Sayyed Ikramuddin (20060726), Muhammad Alam Ishaqzai (20071108),
Abdul Jabbar Haqbin (200801),
Haji Mohammad Akbar Barakzai (ninth Governor since 2001) (20090112 - 20100500),
Abdul Majid Munshi (20100400 - 20120919)
Sultan Mohammad Ebadi (20120920-20151007)
Abdul Sattar Bariz (20151008) sacked (20170306)
Abdul Qayyum Niazi, acting governor of Baghlan (20170429)
Abdul Hai Nemati (20170706-20190407)
Ahmad Farid Baseem (20190408, 20190916 resigned)
Mustafa Mohsini (20200200) Dr. Abdullah appointed Governor
Abdul Qadeem Niazi Abdul Qadim Niazi (20190916, 20200706)
MajGen Taj Mohammad Jahid Taj Muhammad Jahed (20200707)
Haji Mohammad Akbar Barakzai (20201209)

Spokesman for provincial administration:
Mahmoud Haqmal (20100915),
Sharafuddin (20110405)
Jaweed Basharat Javid Basharat Javed Basharat (20150727)
Mahmud Haqmal (20160815)
Engineer Sabghatullah Omari, spokesman for the governor of Baghlan (20211025)

Deputy Provincial Governor:
Mohammad Qadim Khan (20130328, 20140107)
Abdul Qadim Niazi (20190916) caretaker Governor
Head of the Baghlan Women’s Affairs Department:
Mrs. Rahima Zarifi (20111130)
Acting Director of Women’s Affairs: Mrs. Tahira Fazil (20130703)
Mrs. Khadija Yaqin (20131125, 20200214)
Provincial education department director:
Sayed Mansor (20110916, 20120603)
Ghulam Muhiuddin Paikan (2016, 20170419) survived an armed attack on Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017.
Director of Baghlan health department:
Dr. Muhebullah Habib,  Dr. Habibullah Mohib Dr. Habibullah Habibi, Dr.Mohibullah Habib, Health Department Director (20181129, 20200131, 20201126, 20210407)

Deputy Director : Haleem Ghafoori Dr. Abdul Halim Ghafari (20150602, 20180922) 

Provincial natural disaster chief:
Mohammad Naser Kuhzad, Mohammad Nasir Kohzada Mohammad Nasim Kohzad Mohammad Nasir Kohzad (20110812, 20120516, 20140608, 20151028, 20170206)
Information and Culture Department of Baghlan:
Sayed Abdullah Sadat (acting head) (20160615)

Provincial Traffic department Head:
Captn. Mohammad Karim (20110530),
Latif Khan, deputy chief (20100208),

Provincial  irrigation and agriculture of department Head:
Mohammad Nabi Raofi Raufi (20110516)

Provincial Department Head of Counter Narcotics:
Najibullah Ahmadi (20110622)

Public Works Director
Haji Mohammad (20120109)
Rural rehabilitation director:
Eng. Shafiqullah Alamyar (20131229)
Director of Baghlan’s Cultural Heritages department:
Karim Dad Rahimi (20160615)
Terrorism head of Baghlan security directorate:
Nazifullah Khorami (20151201)
Economy directorate:

Eng. Mohamood Wahedi (20180128)  The Modern Planning Program (MPP) was launched by economy directorate of Baghlan (20180126)

Some local officials in Baghlan province, wishing anonymity, said the government’s governor, Abdul Qadim Niazai was normally performing his job in the governor’s house. Nooriali Akbar, spokesman of Mustafa Mohsini, the governor appointed by Dr. Abdullah's Stability and Partnership team, said Mohsini was in Pul-i-Khumri, meeting people there about his future plans. Without giving details, he said Abdullah was elected president and all governors in future will be appointed by his team.(20200310)

2. Previous Functions of Haji Mohammad Akbar Barakzai:
Deputy Minister Water and Energy (Power),
Governor Ghazni Province,
Govermor Baghlan Province (2009 - 2010),
Minister of Mines an Industries (20131225-20140930)
Acting Minister of Mines and Industries (20141001)
Provincial Governor Baghlan (20201209)

Mohammad Akbar Barekzai Barakzai, a native of Baghlan, has graduated from Agricultural school in Baghlan province in 1357 (1998) solar year. He has specialization in police training and has served as deputy administrator in ministry of water and power and also has the experience of one year working in the ministry of mines and recently was working in ministry of water and power.

Haji Akbar Barakzai replaces Wahidullah Shahrani as Minister for Mines and Industries (who reigned to run as first deputy to Qayyum Karzai in the Presidential Elections 2014) Barakzai has not developed a high profile so far, although he has worked as deputy in the ministry of light industries under Nurzai (2002-2003), as governor of his home province, Baghlan (2008-2010) and Deputy Minister of Public Works. He has a Hezb-e Islami background. His brother, Dr Ismael, a major commander in the province, was killed in the early 1990s and he himself has enjoyed the patronage of two major Hizb-e Islami figures, the key northern Pashtun Karzai ally, Juma Khan Hamdard (currently governor of Paktia) and the advisor to the president on tribal affairs and former Hezb-e Islami deputy leader, Waheedullah Sabawoon.

The ministry of mines, given the size of the contracts it negotiates and the income it may well, eventually, bring into the country, is hugely important to Afghanistan. It is also prone to corruption. This will be a difficult brief, given that the two largest mining projects in the country, for copper and iron ores, are under review on the initiative of the Indian and Chinese state-owned companies/consortiums who won, variously, the contracts.
The Lower House of the Parliament confirmed Alhaj Mohamad Barakzai as the minister of mines and petroleum of Afghanistan. He received 164 confidence votes, 53 no confidence votes, 5 invalid votes and 9 blank votes.(20131225)


The new Baghlan provincial governor Mohammad Akbar Barakzai vowed to pay serious attention to the security of highways in the province. He also promised to fight administrative corruption, land grabbers and strongmen.(20201209)

He speaks Pashtu, Dari and English.

Last Modified 2021-10-26
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