Shuja ul-Mulk Jalala

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Shuja ul-Mulk Jalala
Governor of Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Assumed office
15 July 2013
Preceded by Fazlullah Wahidi
Personal details
Born 1952
Ghaziabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Profession politician
Religion Islam

Shuja ul-Mulk Jalala (born 1952), also known as Ghulam Rasul, is a politician in Afghanistan. He is the governor of Kunar Province, appointed by President Hamid Karzai on July 15, 2013 after a suggestion by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG).[1] Previously, he served as advisor to President Hamid Karzai on tribal affairs.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

The third son of ‘Abdu’l Malik Khan of Jalala,[3] Shujah ul-Mulk Jalala was born in Ghaziabad District of Kunar Province in 1952. He remained in this district through the completion of his primary education, and he received his high school education in the provincial capital, Asadabad.[4]


During the Soviet Afghan War, Jalala joined the Mujahideen and served as a commander. He also developed political ties with the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan led by Hazrat Sibghatullah Mujadidi, and was a member of the 2002 Emergency Loya Jirga after the United States overthrew the Taliban regime.[4][5] Following a February 2013 NATO airstrike in Shigal district in eastern Kunar that resulted in civilian casualties,[6] Jalala was sent by President Karzai to lead a delegation for the purpose of investigating the incident and delivering condolences from the president to the grieving families.

In the 2005 Wolesi Jirga Election, Jalala received the third most votes from Kunar Province; thus from 2005-2011, Jalala served as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Afghanistan. He then operated as Presidential Advisor for Tribal Affairs from 2011-2013.

Governor of Kunar Province[edit]

He was appointed the Governor of Kunar Province on July 15, 2013.[2]

As governor, Jalala has expressed a desire to improve a variety of social conditions in Kunar. His priorities are peace and reconciliation, anti-corruption, and counter-narcotics, but other objectives include increasing the availability of safe drinking water in Asadabad, reducing timber smuggling, and maintaining a commitment to girls' education.[7]

With international military support on the decline in Kunar,[8][9] Jalala has acknowledged that tackling these social issues will not be easy, saying:

I started my work at the time when some in the aid community stopped their financial support to the province. Now, I receive only operational fund[s] which are very limited, but I intend to work tirelessly with these limited resources. [...] We are facing a lot of challenges in the province.[7]

Jalala is also the president of the Jalala Foundation, a public welfare organization.[2]

Family background[edit]

Shuja ul-Mulk Jalala belongs to the famous Katoor Dynasty which has ruled an independent Kingdom of Chitral since 1560 and is the great grandson of King Aman ul-Mulk II, a Mehtar of Chitral who ruled from 1858-1892. The ninth son of Aman ul-Mulk II, 'Abdu’l Rahman Khan of Jalala, emigrated from Chitral, in what is now Pakistan, to Afghanistan in 1892 after the murder of some of his brothers. With support from the rulers of Kabul,[2] he settled at Jalala in Kunar, within the Kunar Valley.[3]


  1. ^ "Shuja-ul-mulk Jalala appointed as the new governor of Kunar province - Office Of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat". 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Database". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  3. ^ a b "chitral5". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Profile of Kunar Governor: | Pajhwok Election site". 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  5. ^ Steven Morris and Ewen MacAskill (2001-11-17). "Collapse of the Taliban | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Ten Afghan "civilians" killed in NATO airstrike - Reuters | International News Agency". 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  7. ^ a b "Voices from the Provinces". 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  8. ^ "Kunar PRT closed after 9 years of operations | Pajhwok Afghan News". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Humanitarian Overview - Kunar Province" (PDF). OCHA. January 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
Preceded by
Fazlullah Wahidi
Governor of Kunar Province, Afghanistan
15 July 2013-
Succeeded by