Jan Mohammad Khan
(died July 17, 2011) was a politician
, who served as Governor of Oruzgan Province
from January 2002 to March 2006 and as member of the National Assembly
as well as a special adviser to President Hamid Karzai
. He was an elder of the Popolzai Pashtun
tribe in Oruzgan and a close ally of Hamid Karzai.
Early years and personal life
Khan was illiterate. During the war against the Soviets he served as a commander in the Jamiat-e Islami
political party of Afghanistan led by Burhanuddin Rabani
in Uruzgan. He later joined Jabha-i-Nijat Milli or National Salvation Front, another jihadi movement led by Sibghatullah Mojaddedi
, and remained with the group until the victory of the mujaheddin. He lost an eye during the fighting and in later years gave differing accounts of how he sustained the injury. He was Oruzgan's governor for nearly four years under President Burhanuddin Rabani. Khan quit his job during the Taliban era and spent three years in a Kandahar jail on charges of working for former King Zahir Shah
Khan was a close friend of Karzai's father, Abdul Ahad Karzai
and was believed to mediate disputes among the Karzai brothers.
In early 2002, Karzai appointed Khan as Oruzgan's governor, a position he held until March 2006. Khan was widely seen as incompetent, corrupt, closely tied to the opium poppy trade, and inclined to... Read More