Afghan Biographies

Mangal, Gulab Ghulabuddin

Name Mangal, Gulab Ghulabuddin
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1957
Function/Grade Ex Governor
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions of Gulab Mangal:
Governor  Paktia ( 20040300 -  20060300),
Governor  Lagman Laghman  (200803),
Governor Helmand (2008 -20120919) 
Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs (20150418, 20161018)
Governor Nangahar (20161019, 20180513 resigned)

3. Biodata:
mangal_gulabGulab Mangal Golab Ghulabuddin was born 1957 in Gardez, Paktika Province. He hails from the Pashtun Mangal tribe. Mangal is a Paktiawal and was a member of the communist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan before it seized power in the Saur Coup of 1978. He received a B.S. degree in Literature from Kabul University. Al-Hajj Nawab Mangal (Paktia) is the brother of Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal, and Ajmal Gulab (Kabul) is his son. He served as head of the Committee that drafted Afghanistan's most recent Constitution. In the 1970s, he worked initially for the Soviet Interior Ministry in Afghanistan, and then joined the growing insurrection fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Mangal was the fourth governor of Helmand of Karzai's six year government after Mulla Sher Muhammad Akhunzada, Engineer Muhammad Daud and Asadullah Wafa. Mohammad Golab Mangal (also Gulab) is an Afghan politician, who has held a number of governorships over provinces since the 2001 invasion. He is said to be "one of the most accomplished governors to have served Afghanistan since 2001". Others say he is corrupt. In May 2008, while flying into Musa Qala with a British escort to dedicate a new mosque, the CH-47 helicopter in which he was flying was hit by rocket fire.

Mangal escaped an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen (20110524). He was driving in a motorcade from Lashkar Gah to Sangin district (both Helmand Province). He survived an explosion (20110713) unhurt  that injured two NDS employees in the southwest province of Kandahar.  Mangal was on his way to the funeral of President Hamid Karzai’s brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, in Kandahar province 20110713 in the  morning when a mine explosion hit his car in the Maiwand district,

Mangal was sacked for “political reasons,” according to a senior official in Mr. Karzai’s office. “He had lots of unnecessary relations, close relations with the foreigners which the president didn’t like. He was suspected to be involved in corruption,” the official said, on condition of anonymity.(20120920) Mangal was confirmed als Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs by Wolesi Jirga. (20150418)
Members of the Baghlan provincial council said Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Golab Mangal made a deal with the Taliban that handed over the Dand-e Ghowri area, where the fighting has been going on, to Taliban control in exchange for promises to leave the provincial capital Puli Khumri alone.(20160214)

Residents of eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 accused Mohammad Gulab Mangal of corruption and demanded his removal till Thursday or they would launch massive protest. About 25 civil society activists and political workers coming all the way from Nangarhar told a press conference in Kabul that crimes from kidnappings to murders, corruption, land grabbing, mafia groups and others had peaked under Mohammad Gulab Mangal as the Nangarhar governor. The provincial government’s campaigns against corruption, land grabbing and insecurity had threatened the interests of some mafia groups who wanted to defame the governor.(20170517)

Mangal has submitted his resignation letter to the Independent Directorate of the Local Governance. Reports regarding the resignation of Mangal follows hours after a coordinated attack was launched on Nangarhar Customs Department in Jalalabad city.(20180513)

Last Modified 2018-05-14
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