Afghan Biographies

Marzban, Qazi Muhammad Kabir Kabeer Qabir


Name Marzban, Qazi Muhammad Kabir Kabeer Qabir
Ethnic backgr. Uzbek
Date of birth 1955
Function/Grade Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Takhar
History and Biodata

Mohammed Kabeer Marzban Kabir Qabir
Mobile: 0799419331, 0700706911
Email: kabeer marzban 2006@yahoo.com

2. Previous Functions:
Officer in 55th Division, warlord
Governor Takhar Province 1995
Advisor to the President on Ethnicities and Tribal Affairs (2002-2005)
Governor of Takhar province (2003-2005)
Meshrano Jirga Member 2005 MP MNA Takhar (2005-2010)
Adviser to President Karzai 2009,
Wolesi Jirga Member 2010 MP MNA Takhar,

3. Biodata
marzban_qaziQazi Mohammed Kabir Marzban, son of Juma Khan, was born in the center of Darqud district of Takhar province in 1955. He completed his education through the fourteenth grade at Abu Hanifa Madrassa in the Bagrami district of Kabul province.

Marzban worked as a Soviet-resistance commander with the 55th Jihadi Division of Takhar and as an advisor to the Minister of Tribal Affairs beginning in the interim government period through the presidential elections in 2004. He also served as governor of Takhar during his tenure as ministerial advisor. Marzban is familiar with economics, agriculture, administration, education and Islamic law. Marzban received a bonus in addition to an appreciation letter from Ahmad Shah Masood for the capture of the 55th Division of Takhar province.ยท He holds the rank of lieutenant general. His  power base is in Yangi Qala and Khawaja Bahawuddin District, Takhar Province.

In early 2004 Karzai appointed Marzban as Governor of Takhar Province. During his tenure as governor he dismissed the allegations that some militia commanders had illegally seized land owned by refugees who had recently returned from Pakistan. Marzban denied the allegations, suggesting that the returnees had never had residence in Takhar. Marzban was accused of distributing the contensted land when he served as governor. Marzban and another Takhar politician, Raz Mohammad Faiz, were also accused of inciting the predominantly Uzbek residents on the contested land to threaten violence on the returnees: an investigator with the Meshrano Jirga's Complaints Commission stated that "Unless they [Marzban and Mohammad] are arrested, there will never be a solution to Khajabahuddin [the contested area].

During his period as governor violent protests also wracked Takhar's Rostaq District after the district's education chief was accused of siphoning money from student programs. It was just one protest out of several that accused Provincial authorities of corruption and criminality, including involvement in the narcotics trade. Other protests were staged against a local commander in northern Takhar for his alleged sexual assault against several women in the area. In early June more protests erupted, demanding an escalated disarmament of local commanders and chanting "death to Abdul Kabir Marzban.

During the Interim period between the fall of the Taliban and Hamid Karzai's elections as President in 2004, Marzban served as a Advisor to the Minister of Tribal Affairs. In 2004 Marzban registered his political party, Hezb-e Adalat-e Islam-yi Afghanistan (Islamic Justice Party of Afghanistan). The party's name is translated in English as Islamic Justice Party of Afghanistan.

Marzban participated in the Emergency Loya Jirga in 2002 and the Constitutional Loya
Jirga in 2003.

In 2005 Karzai appointed Marzban as a Senator in the Meshrano Jirga, Afghanistan's upper house of Parliament.

Early in 2006 Marzban publicly accused Daud Daud, Karzai's Deputy Interior Minister and main counter-narcotics official in the Karzai government of involvement in Afghanistan's narcotics industry. He claimed that Daud's brother cultivated narcotics in Takhar and that the Deputy Minister was involved in smuggling them out of the country. In response to the allegations Daud filed a lawsuit against Marzban, claiming that as chief of counter-narcotics he had arrested three "drug barons" who were linked to Marzban. In 2009 Marzban accused Provincial officials of complicity in the infiltration of Taliban fighters into the Province, and lamented the fact that the disarmament of local commanders had left communities vulnerable to insurgent violence because Afghan security forces were unable to secure the province.

In 2010 Marzban ran as a candidate in the Wolesi Jirga elections in Takhar and came in fourth, collecting 7,052 votes. The Majority of his votes came from the north and north-western areas of the province: he came in first in his stronghold of Khwaja Bahawuddin District, gathering 2,352 votes and also won substantial votes in Yangi Qala District (1,231) and Rostaq District (1,495 votes).

Commission (2012): Justice, Administrative Reform and the Fight against Corruption

He is married to two wives  and has nine children.

He speaks Dari, Uzbek, Pashto and Arabic.

Hizb-e Adalat-e Islami-ye Afghanistan (Islamic Justice Party of Afghanistan)
Leader: Mohammad Kabir Marzban Postal Address: Near Aryub Cenima, Bagh-e Bala, District 4, Kabul, Afghanistan Telephone: 0799566386, 0799316715

Last Modified 2012-07-31
Established 2009-10-13