|History and Biodata
2. Previous Function:
Kandahar Head of the Hajj and Religious Affairs Department
Mawlawi Manzoor Ahmad Hussaini was born 1969 in Kandahar. He "joined the peace process" five years ago (2016) is now serving as head of the Hajj and Religious Affairs Directorate in the southern province of Kandahar. (20210404)
Mawlawi Manzoor Ahmad Husaini had different roles as the Taliban-designated security chief in Badghis, head of military commission in the western zone (Taliban’s former military commander in the southwest Afghanistan), and head of the Olympic committee during the group’s regime in Kabul. Husaini took up arms while at a madrassa and fought in different parts of the country until he joined the peace process. He had close relations with Taliban leaders during the group's beginnings and was assigned in different posts during the Taliban regime and after their fall in 2001. After the fall of the Taliban regime, he traveled to various countries to revive the Taliban. He said main reason for his distance from the Taliban was an internal rift. He was until two years ago (2015) hiding out in Pakistan but returned to Kandahar as the group's influence strengthened.
In the October 2018 parliamentary election, Hussaini was running for a parliament seat from Kandahar with no success.
Husaini has lived in Kandahar with his family for the last five years.