List of governors of Balkh

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This is a list of the governors of the province of Balkh, Afghanistan.

Governors of Balkh Province[edit]

Governor Period Notes
Abdul Wahab Malikyar 1975
ISN 00006 Norullah Nori.jpg Norullah Noori -
  • Last Governor during the Taliban period.[1]
  • Held in the Guantanamo for over ten years.[2]
Mohammad Ishaq Rahguzar 2001
He was a governor of Balkh in late 2001, 2002.
Habibullah Habib -
He was an acting governor of Balkh in December 2003.[3]
Atta Muhammad Nur of Afghanistan in August 2010-cropped.jpg Atta Muhammad Nur 2004
Member or affiliate of the Jamiat-e Islami party, who served as a mujahideen fighter during the Soviet war in Afghanistan and became a commander during the early 1990s when the country was in civil war. After the Taliban took power in late 1996, he served as one of the Northern Alliance commanders under Ahmad Shah Massoud He was ousted by president Ashraf Ghani in early 2018.

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  1. ^ "More than 400 killed in fortress battle". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2001-11-29. p. A1, A11. Retrieved 2012-01-11. Dostum later toured the area with a couple of surrendered Taliban leaders from Kunduz. Noorullah Noori, former governor of Balkh province where Mazar-e-Sharif is located, claimed the revolt had not been planned. He said he had told the fighters "to submit your guns and armaments to Gen. Dostum's forces" and surrender. "I feel sad about these events. It was really in vain," he said. "It shouldn't have happened." 
  2. ^ M K Bhadrakumar (2012-01-10). "There's more to peace than Taliban". Asia Times. Retrieved 2012-01-11. Nevertheless, Iranian media insist that three high-ranking Taliban leaders have been released - Mullah Khairkhawa, former interior minister; Mullah Noorullah Noori, a former governor; and Mullah Fazl Akhund, the Taliban's chief of army staff - in exchange for an American soldier held by the Taliban. 
  3. ^ "Northern Afghan Balkh governor meets various international officials". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2012-01-12.