Afghan Biographies

Akhund, Shirin Mohammad Mullah

Name Akhund, Shirin Mohammad Mullah
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Provincial Governor Kandahar
History and Biodata

1. Former Governors: 
Gul Agha Sherzai (2001),
Yousuf Pashtun (2003),
Gul Agha Sherzai (again since Dec 25, 2004) as assistant to Governor of Kandahar,
Haji Assadullah Khalid (200506),
General Rahmatullah Raufi (20080815, 20081203),
Tooryalai Wesa (20081220-20141231, 20150212, 20150426),
Dr Humayoon Azizi (20150427-20171122)
Zalmai Weesa (20170510- 20190203)
Hayatullah Hayat (20190204 -  20210103)
Rohulla Khanzada (20210103)
Haji Mohammad Yousuf Wafa (20210800, 20220406)

Mullah Mohammad Shirin Akhund acting (20230504, 20240313)

Deputy Governor:
Eng. Abdul Latif Ashna (20100826), killed 09.00 hrs in a suicide attack Saturday, 20110129 in Khowja Baba area of Kandahar.
Dr. Ghulam Jelani Hamayoon. He is considered only a marginal political powerbroker in Kandahar City. (2005, 20111003)
Abdul Qadim Patyal Abdul Qadem Petal (20130518, 20130802, 20140320) deputy governor Kandahar province, Abdul Qayum Patyal, on Sunday 20141102 died in hospital of serious wounds he sustained in a gun attack in Kandahar university by unknown assailants.
Abdul Ali Shamsi acting deputy governor for the southern Kandahar province (20141231) Abdul Ali Shamsi died of the wounds he had suffered in a suicide bombing.(20170111)
Abdul Hanan Munib Abdul Hanan Muneeb Abdul Henan Munib (20180125, 20190507, 20200401)
Agha Lala Dastageri Haji Agha Lalai Dastagiri deputy governor, Agha Lalai Dastagiri (20181018, 20191004)
Abdul  Henan Munib (20210525)
Deputy Governor Maulvi Hayatullah Mubarak, MAWLAWI HAYATULLAH MUBARAK (20211230, 20221212, 20230605)

Governor's Secretary Mansour Ahmad was killed in a bomb blast in a car park at the provincial Governor's Office (20210704)


Chief Administrator of the governor’s office of Kandahar (Chief of Staff):
Ghulam Farooq Ferhamand (20111003)
Dr. Parvez Najib, Chief of Staff to the Governor´s office, succumbed to his injuries, the provincial government said on Saturday. Najib was seriously wounded in a bomb blast at the Shah Wali shrine in Khakrez district earlier in the day, when local officials were on the way to attend a flag-hoisting ceremony there.(20140321)


Governor's spokesman:
Zalmay Ayubi Ayoubi Zulmai Ayobee (20100904), was injured due to a gunshot of an American soldier after a verbal dispute when was entering the Governor of Kandahar's compound (20110522)
Jawid Faisal Javed Faisal (20130914)
Dawa Khan Meenapal (20140823)
Samim Khpolwak (20151208)
Zia Durrani, the governor’s spokesman (20171019)
Maulvi Ataullah Zaid, a spokesperson for the governor of Kandahar (20221212)

Head of the human resources department of Kandahar governor’s office:
Mirza Mohammad Zahid (20230322)

Kandahar provincial Director for the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice,
Mawlawi Abdul Rahman (20220530)
Provincial director of propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice in Kandahar:

Abdul Rahman Tayebi (20230106)

Head of Kandahar Hajj and Religious Affairs :
Maulavi Noor-ul-Aziz Maulvi Norul Aziz (20110721) escaped an mine blast on the way to Panjwayee district (20111022). But he  sustained injuries on 20111030 in a second  mine explosion in Kandahar in Oct 2011. According to a statement from Kandahar governor office, the vehicle which was carrying Mawlavi Noorul Aziz struck a roadside mine planted in Shorandam area of Jami Camp village, resulted injuring the director. The source added the provincial director of Hajj is not in criticalcondition.(20111030). Kandahar provincial director for hajj affairs, Mawlavi Norul Aziz was arrested by the National Directorate for Security (NDS) on 20131007 after tens of people staged a peaceful protest against him in southern province of Kandahar.
A former Taliban official, Mulavi Manzoor Hussaini, has been appointed as director of Hajj and Islamic Affairs.(20210405)

Head of Kandahar’s Economy Directorate:
Mawlawi Abdul Salam Baryali (20230605)


Director of Refugee and Repatriation Affairs Department:
Mohammad Azim Nawabi (20111003)
Dost Mohammad Nayab, director of the Kandahar Refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDP) Department (20210107)


Public Health Department Director: 
Head: Dr. Abdul Qayum Pokhla Pukhla Pakhtun Abdul Qaoum Pokhla Abdul Qayoum Pakhula (20101220, 20111123, 20120328, 20150428) has been wounded in a terrorist attack.

He was on his way home when unidentified gunmen fired at his vehicle in Deh Khwaja area of Kandahar city 20150428.

Deputy: Dr. Ahmadullah Faizi (2010)
Dr. Azizullah Kakar, responsible for creating public awareness and vaccination affairs at the Kandahar Public Health Department (20120529)
Dr Ashraf Naderi (20210613)


Head of the provincial Education Department, Provincial head of the Taliban’s Education Ministry in Kandahar:
Mawlawi Fakhruddin Naqshbandi (20222007)

Hayatullah Rafiki (?)
Najibullah Ahmadi, born 1978 (20110112)
Deputy Director of Kandahar’s Education Department:
Ewaz Nazari (20150921)
Education Department Spokesperson:
Nazar Mohammad Samimi (20211219)

Head of Kandahar’s agriculture department:

Ahmad Shah Roshan (20110402)
Syed Hafeezullah Saeedi (20210525)

Provincial director communications in Kandahar:
Noorullah Nouri (20230322)

Kandahar provincial head of disaster preparedness office:
Mohammad Hashim Sadozai (20110417)
Sardar Mohammad Barani, head of Natural Disasters Department in Kandahar (20210107)


Justice Department Head:
Aqil Shah (20110604) the justice department head was injured in a gun attack on his car in southern Kandahar province.

Head of Women's Affairs Department:
Mrs. Safia Amajan (20061016) killed
Mrs. Rona Tarin (20090326)
Mrs. Zubaida Painda (20110627)
Mrs. Ruqia Achakzai Roqia Achakzai Roqya Achakai (20111117, 20130325) stood unsuccesful as a Wolesi Jirga 2010 candidate.


Head of Kandahar Mines department:
Eng. Abdul Quddoos (20111001)


Head Information an Culture Department:
Abdul Majid Babai Bobai killed (20100200)

Hazrat Wali Hotak (20150815) was on way to office on the morning of Aug 31, 2015 when three unknown armed men riding a motorbike sprayed bullets on his car in provincial capital the Kandahar city and made their good escape. Hotak received serious wounds to his should and arm in the shooting.
Hafiz Noor Ahmad Saeed, the former head of the Department of Information and Culture of Kandahar Province, appointed as the state accountant of the same province.(20240105)


Works, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disables Department head:
Rafiullah Mujaddadi (20111114)
Nazar Ali Nazar Ali Qatey (2013, 2014, 2015, 20160824) was abducted and killed (20160904)

Traffic Director:
Col. Mohammadullah Khan (20111016)


Head of anti-narcotic department:
Gul Mohammad Shokran Shukran (20120123)


Customs Director:
Azizullah Jalazai (20111016)


Head of power department:
Sultan Mohammad (20120529)

Revenue Director:
Azim Khan Ahmadzai (20150903)

2. Previous Function:

Security guard of the Taliban founder Mullah Omar
Military affairs in-charge of eastern provinces
Taliban negotiator
Deputy minister of defence for Intelligence affairs
Provincial Governor Kabul (2021)
Provincial Governor Kandahar (20230504)

3. Biodata:
Mullah Shirin Akhund Mullah Mohammad Shirin Mullah Shireen Akhund Shirin Noorzai aka Abdullah Hanafi  Mullah Mohammad Ali Hanafi, is part of the leadership council as well as the political office in Doha. He is an Alizai (or Noorzai) tribe member from Kandahar who used to be close to Taleban founder Mullah Omar: He was in charge of organising Omar’s personal security.  In 2016 he was mentioned as being in charge of the war in 19 provinces. In 2018, a UN Security Council report described him as “the Taliban Head of Intelligence for the Southern Region”. The former director of the NDS, Rahmatullah Nabil in October 2018 on Twitter accused Shirin of being behind the assassination of Kandahar’s police chief General Raziq. He has been mentioned as member of the negotiation team in official statements.

Mullah Shirin had been the Taliban’s deputy defence minister of intelligence affairs.

He enjoys close relations with the Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada.



Last Modified 2024-03-13
Established 2023-05-04