Afghan Biographies

Qatali, Wahid Sayed

Name Qatali, Wahid Sayed
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth 1987
Function/Grade Provincial Governor Herat
History and Biodata

1. Former Governors:
Ismael Khan (1992-1997) (2001 - 2004),
Sayed Mohammad Khairkhwa (20041202-20050600),
Gul Agha Sherzai, Shirzai (appointed for Governor, but refused 200506,
Sayyed Hosayn Anwari (2005-2009),
Ahmad Yussef Nuristani, Nooristani,stepped down as a candidate for 2010 Wolesi Jirga Elections (20090118 - 20100824),
Dr. Daud Shah Saba (20100903 -20130703), stepped down
Sayed Fazal Ullah Wahidi, Waheedi (20130704-20141224) dismissed
acting Governor Herat Assiluddin Jami Asil Din Jami Asiluddin Jami  Aseeludin Jami (20110524, 20120401, 20141227, 20120212)
Mohammad Asif Rahimi (20150427) resigned (20181111)
Dr. Mohayuddin Noori Muhaiuddin Noori acting (20190108)
Abdul Qayum Rahimi (20190124)
Sayed Abdul Wahid Qatali (20200404, 20210313)

Deputy Governor:
Assiluddin Jami Asil Din Jami Asiluddin Jami  Aseeludin Jami (20110524, 20120401, 20141227)
Mrs. Monissa Hassanzada (20190410)
Ghulam Daud Hashemi Dr. Ghulam Dawood Hashemi (20190704, 20200213)
Noor Ahmad Haidari, deputy governor of Herat (20201202)

Governor spokesman:
Naqeeb Arween (20090119),
Mohammad Rafi Behrozyan (20101216)
Dr. Mahiudin Nuri Moheeuddin Noori Mohayuddin Noori (20110825, 20190108)
Ehsanullah Hayat (20150717, 20151208)
Jilani Farhad (20170517, 20171019)

Women’s Affairs Department:
Mahboba Jamshidi (20121008)
Anesa Sarwari (20210110)

Provincial environment protection agency chief:
Abdul Qayum Afghan (20110912)

Head of the Provincial Transport Department of Herat:
Jawid Haimaq Ahmad Javed Aimaq survived an attempt on his life in the province 20110921.(20131110)

Provincial anti-narcotics Department Director:
Ghulam Jilani Daqiq (20100904, 20110519),

Provincial Director of Works and Social Affairs:
Basira Muhammadi (20101221)
Habibullah Timori Temori (20111214)

Qayoum Afghan, (201711269Head of Herat Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled department

Director of Watermanagement Department:
Habibullah Zarwan Zawran, fired due to corruption. Six month later has been appointed as inspection and corruption-control officer for the Eastern Zone at the Supreme Court. (20120219)
Fazil Ahmad Zakir (20110326)
Head of the health department of Herat province:
Dr Abdul Hakim Tamanna (20180804, 20190217, 20200628)

Herat Provincial education director:
Ghulam Hazrat Tanha (20100915)
Basir Ahmad (20120703)
Abdur Raziq Ahmadi (20170129)
Deputy director of the education department:
Aziz Rahman Sarwari (20120424)
Official: Sultan Sabzawari (20120424)
Abdur Raziq Ahmadi (20170129, 20180922) Rohullah Azhad, holds two master’s degrees one in international relations (IR). (20180923)
Deputy director of the education department:
Aziz Rahman Sarwari (20120424)
Official: Sultan Sabzawari (20120424)
Abdul Razaq Ahmadi (Tajik) (20181210)
Director of Mines and Petroleum:
Engineer Abdul Jameel Ilyasi (20150111)

Provincial Chiefengineer for Railways:
Sayed Najib, born 1979) (20110406) 

Head of the attorney office:
Gul Ahmad Ramesh (20110912)

Provincial ANDMA Chief / Disaster and humanitarian affairs director:
Abdul Hamid Mubariz (20111220, 20190417)

Telecommunication and information technology director:
Syed Noor Ahmad Shah Alawi (20130110)
Head of the  Herat High Peace Council:
Maulvi Ghulam Sarwar (20130722)

Population Registration Department Head, Khawaja Hekmatullah Habibi - See more at:

Population Registration Department Head:
Khawaja Hekmatullah Habibi (20170621)
Director of Hajj and Religious Affairs:
Syed Abdul Wahid Asemi (20171105)
Syed Mohammad Sherzai (20180905)
Abdul Khaliq Haqqani Abdul Khaleq Haqqani, (202008012, 20200929)
Provincial detention centers’ general director:
Abdullah Azizi (20170122)
Head Provincial Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR):
Jawid Nadem (20200421)
Head of Herat Customs:
Yonous Rahnaward (20210121 fired) Rahnaward is said to have been appointed as the head of Herat customs with the financial support of Wolesi Jirga Member Sadiq Qaderi.

Background Herat Province:
Three groups are relevant in Herat: Iran supported Harakat-Islami including schia political parties, Jamiat linked to Ismael Khan (supported by Ex-Police Chief Adeel Juma) and a Karzai supporting Pashtun group led by influential senior Mawlawi Kodaidad.

2. Previous Functions Sayed Wahid Qatali:
Herat Provincial Council Member (2009)
Head of Arya Security Company. (20120312)
Chairman Provincial council Herat (20130724, 20140122)
Herat Mayor (20180404, 20200404, 20210313)

3. Biodata:
Sayed Wahid Qatali
Sayed Abdul Wahid Qataali, s/o Abdul Wahab,  was born in 1987 in Enjeel District, Herat Province. He is a scion of one of Heart city's richest families. He went to Primary School in his native town. He joined faculty of Art in Heart University. Qatali is the Head of Arya Security Company. (20120312) Qatali is close to Ismael Khan. Sayed Wahid Qattali rented a house for $1,500 a month, built a studio and this month began Herat’s newest television station, Asar, or Time, which he describes as pro-democratic. He also started a radio station focused solely on women and their issues. (20121119) Sayed Wahid Qetali is a member of the Herat's Mujahedin Council (20120426)

Sayed Wahid Qatali comes from a very prominent family of former mujahedin and long-term Ismail Khan’s associates. His brother runs a security company which, alone, has apparently managed to retain contracts on the road to Shindand in face of the deployment of the Afghan Public Protection Force and the dissolution of private companies. His father is the founder of the Museum of Jihad in Herat where Ismail Khan’s collection of war relics is on display.

Wahid Qatali is young and educated and apparently independently-minded: in 2012, he ran for the Provincial Council chair against Faizzada and against Ismail Khan’s better advice. One year later, when Ismail Khan switched his support from Faizzada to Qatali, he apparently had troubles in convincing Qatali to fall in line and participate again in the election. At any rate, the strong ties of his family with Ismail Khan can hardly be denied.

Abdul Wahid Qatali previously served, among other things, as head of the Administrative Office of the President in Kabul.

The current governor of Herat, Abdul Wahid Qatali; the director of Public Health, Abdul Hakim Tamana; three members of the provincial council, Wakil Ahmad Karukhel, Najibullah Mohibi, and Ghulam Habib Hashimi; and several others are introduced to the court by the special prosecutor’s office. They are accused of embezzling money from Afghanistan’s fight against the COVID-19 project and have been referred to the court for committing serious corruptions. (20201026)


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