Juma Khan Hamdard

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Juma Khan Hamdard
جمعه خان همدرد
Juma Khan Hamdard of Afghanistan in 2010-cropped.jpg
Juma Khan Hamdard of Afghanistan in 2010
Governor of Paktia, Afghanistan
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 December 2007
Preceded by Rahmatullah Rahmat
Governor of Jowzjan, Afghanistan
In office
September 2006 – 2007
Preceded by Roz Mohammad Nur
Succeeded by Mohammad Hashim Zare
Governor of Baghlan, Afghanistan
In office
4 February 2005 – 4 September 2005
Preceded by  ?
Succeeded by Mohammad Alam Rasekh
Personal details
Born 1954
Balkh, Afghanistan
Religion Muslim

Juma Khan Hamdard (Pashto: جمعه خان همدرد ‎) is the current governor of Paktia Province, Afghanistan. He formerly served as governor of Baghlan and later Jowzjan.

Biography[edit]

Juma Khan Hamdard, an ethnic Pashtun of the Wardak tribe from Mazari Sharif, was born in 1954 in Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan.[1] A popular leader of the Pashtun community of Balkh and Mazar-i-Sharif, Hamdard was a member of Hezbi Islami and fought against the Soviets under the leadership of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. In 1994, he allied with Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek, against the Talibans. In 1997, he defected to the Taliban's side and helped them defeat Dostum's forces in 1997/98 in an extremely bloody campaign.

Following the US-led coalition's invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, Hamdard resumed a weak alliance with Dostum's forces, but on the eve of the presidential election in October 2004, he pledged support to Karzai. He was then made governor of the northern province of Baghlan, and later Jowzjan, Dostum's power base in the ethnic Uzbek heartland. In May 2007 forces under his command shot at demonstrators asking his dismissal in the town of Sheberghan, killing 13 and injuring more than 30.[2] On December 17, 2007 he was appointed governor of the eastern Paktia Province, replacing Rahmatullah Rahmat.[1] Hamdard is also one of President Karzai's tribal affairs advisors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Province: “Paktya”. Naval Postgraduate School, Program for Culture & Conflict Studies
  2. ^ “Bad blood spreads to Afghanistan's north”. Asia Times, May 30, 2007

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Preceded by
Rahmatullah Rahmat
Governor of Paktia, Afghanistan
2007–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Roz Mohammad Nur
Governor of Jowzjan, Afghanistan
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Mohammad Hashim Zare
Preceded by
?
Governor of Baghlan, Afghanistan
2005
Succeeded by
Mohammad Alam Rasekh