Ahmad Jan (Taliban governor)

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Ahmad Jan
Died 21 November 2013
Nationality Afghanistan
Other names Ahmad Jan Akhundzada
Occupation Politician, Taliban fighter
Known for Taliban leader

Maulvi Ahmed Jan[pronunciation?] (died November 21, 2013) was a former Taliban official who eventually became the Haqqani Network's chief spiritual adviser. Hailing from Ghazni province of Afghanistan,[1] Ahmad Jan had also served the Taliban government of Mullah Omar as federal minister for water and power,[1] before being appointed the Governor of the Zabul Province in 2000.[1] His name figured on the CIA’s list of most wanted Taliban commanders, mainly because he was being accused of masterminding a number of deadly suicide attacks in Afghanistan. According to the United Nations in 2000 an individual known as Maulavi Ahmad Jan was the Taliban's Governor of Zabol Province.[2] The United Nations listed him as an individual subject to the sanctions authorized by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1267 and 1333.[3][4]

In March 2010, he was sanctioned by the United Nation for his ties to the Al Qaeda.[1][5] At the time, Jan was described as a chief financier and logistics official for the Haqqani Network and one of the leaders of the Taliban's Quetta Shura.[1][5] He was captured in late February 2010.[1] He was eventually released from prison[1] and became the Haqqani Network's spiritual leader.[6] Jan eventually became the chief deputy to network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani[1] and had been responsible for organizing some of the network's most deadly attacks in Afghanistan.[6] On November 21, 2013, Jan was killed in Pakistan after missiles from a US predator drone struck his seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Bannu district.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Amir Mir (November 25, 2013). "Who was Maulvi Ahmad Jan, the droned Haqqani leader?". The News International. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Security council committee on Afghanistan designates further individuals, financial entities relating to resolution 1267 (1999) and 1333 (2000)". United Nations. 12 April 2000. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. In a note verbale addressed to Member States on 12 April 2000, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Afghanistan designated funds and financial resources of the Taliban as per paragraph 4(b) of that resolution and approved a list of entities and/or persons that have so far been identified by the Committee based on information provided by Member States as falling under one of the categories mentioned in the above note, as well as in Press Release SC/6844. The following entities have been added to the list ... Maulavi Ahmad Jan, Governor of Zabol Province 
  3. ^ "Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban and Associated Individuals and Entities". United Nations. 15 October 1999. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Consolidated List established and maintained by the 1267 Committee with respect to Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden, and the Taliban and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them". United Nations. 25 January 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. TI.A.109.01. Name: 1: AHMAD JAN 2: AKHUNZADA 3: na 4: na Name (original script): احمد جان آخوند زاده Title: Maulavi Designation: Governor of Zabol Province under the Taliban regime DOB: na POB: Urazgan province, Afghanistan Good quality a.k.a.: na Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: Afghan Passport no.: na National identification no.: na Address: na Listed on: 25 January 2001 (amended on 3 September 2003, 21 September 2007) Other information: na 
  5. ^ a b Amir Mir (1 March 2010). "Pakistan wipes out half of Quetta Shura". The News International. Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. According to well-informed diplomatic circles in Islamabad, the decision-makers in the powerful Pakistani establishment seem to have concluded in view of the ever-growing nexus between the Pakistani and the Afghan Taliban that they are now one and the same and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Quetta Shura Taliban (QST) could no more be treated as two separate Jihadi entities. 
  6. ^ a b c S.B. Shah (November 21, 2013). "US drone strike kills senior Haqqani leader in Pakistan". Agence France-Presse. Retrieved December 5, 2013.