Afghan Biographies

Ibrahimi, Abdul Latif Ebrahimi

Name Ibrahimi, Abdul Latif Ebrahimi
Ethnic backgr. Uzbek
Date of birth 1957
Function/Grade Ex Governor
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions of Abdul Latif Ibrahimi:
Governor Kunduz (2002),
Governor Faryab (2004),
Governor Takhar (2009 - 20100318),
Governor Takhar (20130709-20151007)
Provincial Governor Samangan (20180217, 20200706)


3. Biodata:
Abdul Latif Ibrahimi, a brother of Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, has been appointed as new governor of Takhar province.(20130709) He was was introduced to provincial officials after a series of protests against his predecessor Ahmad Faisal Begzad in late June 2013. As a result of the protests, three people were killed and 50 others wounded. Governor Samangan Abdul Karim Khudam’s replacement Abdul Latif Ibrahimi is the brother of the Wolesi Jirga speaker, Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi.(20180218)

He is a former member of the Hezb-e-Islami party of ethnic Pashtun former jihadi commander, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Background of the Ibrahimis in Kunduz and Takhar Province:
Imam Sahib (Kunduz) is dominated by the Ibrahimis, an Uzbek clan, which rose from nothing to become the predominant family of that district and beyond in the course of war. Imam Sahib is situated on the border with Tajikistan. It is a fertile agrarian district and moreover a key hub for the drugs trade. Accordingly, both the district itself and the post of the chief of the border police are strategically very significant. Abdul Latif Imbrahimis brother, Haji Raoof, earned a reputation as a commander, headed the border police Kunduz in Imam Sahib and won a seat in the parliamentary elections 2005. Finally, the locally strategically important position of the »mirab bashi,« who controls farmers’ access to the important resource of water, is monopolized in the hands of Afiz, the brother-in-law of Haji Raoof, whereas in other districts this position is commonly exercised by members of different clans and usually varies from irrigation canal to irrigation canal. Thus the Ibrahimis rule the district in a quasi-feudalistic way and control access to economic resources. Hence, most small warlords in Imam Sahib are directly dependent on this family. While the means of force in Imam Sahib are monopolized by one family. Khanabad provides a different picture. During the war the district was under the control of Commander Amir, the most influential commander of the Islamist Abdulrab Sayyaf in north-eastern Afghanistan. After Amir’s death, he was followed by his brother Ghulam, who lost several of his sub-commanders due to the upsurge of ethnic and political polarization since the collapse of the Taliban. Taken together with the lack of commonly shared institutions, this led to a fragmentation of violence and the emergence of a myriad of loosely connected small »big men«, rarely controlling more than one village. Their actions are restricted solely by competition with other »big men,« but not controlled or regulated by the local population or the government.

Thousands of protestors took to the street in northern Takhar province, demanding the immediate removal of the governor and his deputy. The demonstrators accused Governor Abdul Latif Ibrahimi and Deputy Governor Mohammad Farid Zaki of failing to deliver good governance and resolve local problems. Malik Tatar, who led the protestors, slammed the governor and his deputy as inefficient and unable to run provincial affairs.(20140222)


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