Afghan Biographies

Weesa, Zalmai Wesa Maj Gen

Name Weesa, Zalmai Wesa Maj Gen
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, 20181018)

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 (20180125, 20181104)
Agha Lala Dastageri (20181018)

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)

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 critical condition.(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.

Director of Refugee and Repatriation Affairs Department:
Mohammad Azim Nawabi (20111003)

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)

Head of the provincial Education Department:
Hayatullah Rafiki (?)
Najibullah Ahmadi, born 1978 (20110112)
Deputy Director of Kandahar’s Education Department: Ewaz Nazari (20150921)

Head of Kandahar’s agriculture department:
Ahmad Shah Roshan (20110402)

Kandahar provincial head of disaster preparedness office:
Mohammad Hashim Sadozai (20110417)

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. 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.

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 Functions:
Commander 209th Corps “SHAHEEN”  (Falcon) Mazar-i Sharif ANA (20101100-20141231)
Provincial Governor Paktia (20161124, 20170604)
Provincial Governor Kandahar (20170510 -20181018) wounded in an insider attack

3. Biodata Brig Gen Zalmai Weesa :
Zalmay Wesa·is the elder brother of Kandahar Governor Toryalai Wesa. Zalmai Wesa Zalmai Waisa was a member of the Afghan communist Khalq Party and got his military education in Moscow in the late 80th. In Moscow he was joined by his younger brother Torialay Wesa (present Governor of Kandahar Province 2011) with his wife and three children in December 1991.

A secret NATO Document· dated Aug 16, 2011 presented by German TV said "Morale has deteriorated under his (Waisas's)·command, as he is seen as corrupt as divisive. He uses his position for personal gain and neglects the needs of his soldiers. He does not support Afghan National Police and other Security Forces. He lived for years in the Soviet Union and may have ties to Russian Intelligence (FSB) and the Haqqani Network, which opposes the Coalition Forces." And later in the document: "Afghan Intelligence (NDS) suggests, that Waisa has ties to the Haqqani Network through a soldier in 209th Corps named M.......... During the Assassination of General Daoud Wesa was reportedly on the second floor of the building using a mobile phone. Waisa survived from the attack but Daoud was killed. Another report from Afghan Intelligence stated that Waisa has ordered the release of a group of ANA soldiers who were involved in a plot against German soldiers in Baghlan Province in June 2011."
There are serious· tensions reported between the Pashtun Corps Commander Maj Gen Zalmai Wesa and his Tajik Deputy Brig Gen Sana ul-Haq Bader.(20111220). Wesa retired in December 2014.

Zalmai Weesa has been appointed as new governor of Paktia province. Weesa had served as commander of the 209th Shaheen Military Corps in northern Balkh province. He resigned from his military post about a year ago. Weesa will replace Nasratullah Arsala as the governor of Paktia.(20161124)

The Afghan government rejected reports regarding the alleged dismissal of Zalmai Weesa as provincial governor of southern Kandahar province. The rumor has been planted by opposition politicians from the Hamid Karzai camp.(20171202)

Provincial Governor Zalmay Wesa recovered from injuries at a hospital.He was wounded by an insider attack of his own guard.
Zalmai Wesa in a video message termed his health condition stable and added he would be discharged from the hospital soon.condition stable and added he would be discharged from the hospital soon.(20181022)


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