Afghan Biographies

Shafaq, Abdul Haq Shafiq

Name Shafaq, Abdul Haq Shafiq
Ethnic backgr. Hazara
Date of birth 1961
Function/Grade Provincial Governor Takhar
History and Biodata

1. Former Governors Takhar:
General Daud,
Sayed Ikramuddin Masoomi (Masumi),
Abdul Qazi Kabir Marzban, Uzbek (200506),
Khwaja Ghulam Gous Gaws Abu Baker Bakr (20070817),
Mohammed Omar Abdul Latif Ibrahimi (20091013),
Abdul Jabar Taqwa (20100318 - 20120919),
Maj Gen Ahmad Faisal Begzad (20120920 -20130708)
Abdul Latif Ibrahimi (20130709-20151007)
Yasin Zia (20151008-20170529 stepped down)
Dr Fazlullah Mujadedi (20170725-20190407)
Abdul Haq Shafaq (20190408, 20200715)

Deputy Governor:
Haji Farid Zaki Haji Fareed Zaki Mohammad Fareed Zaki (20111225, 20140222, 20170306)

Spokesman for the Takhar governor:
Faiz Muhammad Touhidi Tawhidi (20100915),
Sunnatullah Timor (20140222, 20160110, 20170420)
Mohammad Jawid Hejri, Mohammad Jawad Hejri (20180903, 20200819)

Education Director:
Abdul Wahab Zafari (20120527)
Najibullah Kamran (20131227)

Traffic department chief:
Amrullah Shah Qul (20111018)
Takhar Department of Women Affairs (DoWA):
Mrs. Razmara Hawash (20131231, 20161212)
Head of rural rehabilitation and development department:
Raz Mohammad Faiz(20141230)
Head of Borders and Tribal Affairs Provincial Department:
Jan Mohammad Nabi Zada (20160429)

Provincial Health Director:
Dr Hussain Basech (20110328)
Nasrullah Qari(20200703)

Abdul Qayoom Hayrat (20201022)
2. Previous Functions:
Provincial Governor Sar-e Pul, Sar i Pul (2004),
Provincial Governor Samangan (2006 - 2007 ),
Provincial Governor Faryab ( 2007-20120813)
Provincial Governor Daikundi Daikondi Daykundi Daikondy (20130505-20150604)
Provincial Governor Faryab (201806, 20180705)
Provincial Governor Takhar Province (20190408, 20200715)


3. Biodata:
Abdul_Haq_ShafaqAbdul Haq Shafiq, Son of Mohib Ali, was born in 1961 in Charbagh village of Sar-i-Pul provincial capital. He completed his primary education in Sar-i-Pul and then went to Imam Abu Hanifa High School in Kabul for secondary education. He received his BA degree in Islamic Education from one of the neighboring countries.
During Jihad period in 1981, he was one of the Wahdat-i-Islami Party’s founders and served as military, political and culturalcommittees’ member and spokesperson for the party.
During the Taliban regime, he was member of resistance front in Balkh. After collapse of Taliban, he participated in first Germany Bonn conference and Emergency Loya Jirga in Kabul and worked as secretary in Afghan Constitution Approval Commission.
Since 2004, he served as governor of Samangan for three and a half year and then served as Faryab governor till 2011. Since 2013, he serves as governor of Daikundi.

Shafaq is a Sar-e-Pol native, a Hazara and a former commander of Hezb-i-Wahdat party.


He participated in the UN Talks on Afghanistan ( Bonn 1 conference in Germany)  in November 2001 as an Adviser to the Cyprus Group Delegation.

In June 2004 stone throwing students prevented Shafaq from entering is Governors office in Samangan. There was a rumor, that during his tenure als a Governor of Samangan Abdul Haq Shafaq had given all Indian scholarships 2006 to his relatives and personal friends, and no one had ever heard about them. Abdul Haq Shafaq in a phone interview with Media Watch, denied the scholarships story and said that 68 scholarships from India were allocated to Northern provinces through an open competition.(20060419)

12th grade graduates from Northern provinces competed for the fellowships in Balkh University on March 16th, 2006, but no one from Samangan province passed the exam.

Allegedly he arranged, that no one else from Balkh University passed the scholarship exams.

Due to pressure from Dostum, he stepped down as a Governor from Sar-e Pul province in june 2004. As a Sar-e-Pol native and a Hazara, he seems somewhat insulated from some of the ethnic  rivalries (especially between the predominant Uzbeks and the Pashtuns). To all appearances, President Karzai is his principal power base. Faryab-based UNAMA interlocutors characterize him as a balancer of interests, as being above the fray, and say that local residents seem to appreciate his role.

President Karzai during a special ceremony on 20120731 at the presidential palace, awarded Abdul Haq Shafaq the Mir Masjedi Khan medal.

He is married and has children. One son is Mujtaba Shafiq.

Shafaq speaks Dari and English.

Last Modified 2020-10-22
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