KABUL (Pajhwok): About 107 government officials have travelled to Saudi Arabia for performing Hajj this year¸ Pajhwok Afghan News findings show.
The officials include cabinet members, governors, police chiefs, deputy police chiefs, mayors and directors from Kabul different provinces.
The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs says quotas for pilgrims have been determined based on the populations of the provinces and districts.
Of them, 572 are nomadic Kochis, one percent refugees, one percent relatives of martyrs and disabled and a small number of government servants.
According to the MoHRA, about 13,582 people have travelled to Saudi Arabia for Hajj this year. The Hajj flight operation has been completed.
Officials in Saudi Arabia for Hajj
Bakhtar News Agency tweeted that Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar had arrived in Saudi Arabia for performing Hajj.
Last week, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran tweeted: “We had witnessed the time when we were not allowed to go for Hajj. But today, Alhamd–o–Lillah, Khairullah Khairkha, minister of information, and Interior Minister Anas Haqqani are in Makkah — chanting Labaik laka Labaik.”
Some users of social media also shared the photos of Mullah Fazil Mazlum offering prayers at Masjid-ul-Nabavi.
Amar Yasir, a member of the government’s political office, also tweeted two days ago that he had left Kabul for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.
Some sources confirmed to Pajhwok that 111 more officials had gone to Saudi Arabia for Hajj.
|1||Mawlavi Mohammad Amin Umari||Maidan Wardak Governor||Governors|
|2||Qudratullah Abu Hamza||Balkh Governor|
|3||Qari Hafeez Pahlawan||Faryab Governor|
|4||Mawlavi Abdullah Mukhtar||Paktika Governor|
|5||Mawlavi Abdul Rahman Kunduzi||Samangan Governor|
|6||Mohammad Ali Jan Mohammadi||Paktia Governor|
|7||Qari Zainul Abidin||Laghman Governor|
|8||Abdul Sammad Javid||Badghis Governor|
|9||Mohammad Qasim Khalid||Kunar Governor|
|10||Haji Rashid||Daikundi Deputy Governor||Deputy Governors|
|11||Mullah Mohammad Nabi Usmani||Nimroz Deputy Governor|
|12||Mawlavi Mohibullah Hammas||Paktia Deputy Governor|
|13||Abdullah Haqqani||Kunar Deputy Governor|
|14||Mawlavi Abdul Rahman Aslami||Samangan Deputy Governor|
|15||Mullah Nadir Haqjo||Sar-i-Pul Deputy Governor|
|16||Habiburrahman Suhaib||Kunduz Deputy Governor|
|17||Shaikh Esmatullah||Nuristan Deputy Governor|
|18||Mawlavi Abdul Karim Jihadyar||Farah|
|19||Mawlavi Nasir Hilal||Sharan City Mayor||Mayors|
|20||Mawlavi Abdul Ghafoor Haidari||Maidan Shahr City Mayor|
|21||Aminullah Sharifi||Ferozkoh City Mayor|
|22||Qudratullah Tariq||Mazar-i-Sharif City Mayor|
|23||Mohammad Sharif Elham||Gardez City Mayor|
|24||Mawlavi Zahir Khadem||Farah City Mayor|
|25||Shad Mohammad||Chief of Staff MoLSMD||Directors/Officers|
|26||Mawlavi Abdul Qayyoum Farooqi||Paktika Hajj Dept Head|
|27||Zabihullah Noorani||Balkh Cultural Dept Head|
|28||Noor Mohammad Waseeq||Balkh NISA Head|
|29||Abdullah Tarin||Small Mines Dept Head|
|30||Hafiz Farid||Smlal Mines Dept Head|
|31||Mawlavi Shaheen||Balkh DAB Head|
|32||Mawlavi Mohibullah Jahid||Panjsher Governor Chief of Staff|
|33||Mawlavi Fazal Rahman Mustaghfar||Nimroz Hajj Dept Head|
|34||Mawlavi Mohammad Noor Khalil||Dakundi Governor Chief of Staff|
|35||Abdul Haleem Agha||Panjsher PWD Dept Head|
|36||Asadullah Erfani||Dakundi Hajj Dept Head|
|37||Matiullah Rohani||Kunduz Cultural Dept Head|
|38||Mawlavi Amanullah Hassan||Kunduz Agriculture Dept Head|
|39||Abdul Ghafoor Shaheedzoy||Kunduz Governor Chief of Staff|
|40||Mawlavi Zia ul Haq Hanafi||Kunduz Haj Dept Head|
|41||Shikh Azizullah||Kunduz Justice Dept Head|
|42||Mawlavi Asadullah||Kunduz RRD Dept Head|
|43||Mawlavi Bari Dad||Badghis Governor Chif of Staff|
|44||Mawlavi Mohammad Sabir Umar||Parwan Vice Virtue Dept Head|
|45||Abdul Rafuf Saeed||Paktia Agriculture Dept Head|
|46||Mawlavi Ameer Moh. Haqqani||Faryab Governor Chief Staff|
|47||Mawlavi Abdul Razzaq Marzaqi||Badghis Justice Dept Head|
|48||Mawlavi Ahmad Saeed||Faryab Appellant Court Head|
|49||Mawlavi Gul Wali Muttaqi||Maidan Education Dept Head|
|50||Mullah Jumma Haqyar||Sar-i-Pul RRD Dept Head|
|51||Mawlavi Abdul Hakeem Hamid||Maidan Economy Dept Head|
|52||Mawlavi Ismael Rahmani||Badghis Hajj Dept Head|
|53||Mufti Mohammad Mubashir||Sar-i-Pul MoWSLMD Head|
|54||Mawlavi Samar Gul Mazhari||Maidan Transport Dept Head|
|55||Mawlavi Waheedullah Rashid||Maidan RRD Dept Head|
|56||Mawlavi Faiz Mohammad||Laghman DAB Dept Head|
|57||Mohammad Edress||Ghor RRD Dept Head|
|58||Abdul Wakeel Motawakeel||Ghor Social Affairs Dept Head|
|59||Mawlavi Syed Shamsuddin||Badghis Mining Dept Head|
|60||Abdul Karim Abu Shoiab||Ghor PWD Head|
|61||Mawlavi Jamaluddin||Badghis Border Dept Head|
|62||Mohammad Esa Adalat||Ghor Hajj Dept Head|
|63||Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi||Ghor Agriculture Dept Head|
|64||Abdul Hafeez||Panjsher Hajj Dept Head|
|65||Abdul Razzeq Marzaqi||Badghis Justice Dept Head|
|66||Mawlavi Abdul Qadir Umari||Laghman Hajj Dept Head|
|67||Mawlavi Ghulam Rahman Kazeem||Nangarhar Canal Dept Head|
|68||Mawlavi Abdul Wakeel Naqi||Uruzgan irrigation Dept Head|
|69||Mawlavi Hizbullah||Takhar Education Dept Head|
|70||Mawlavi Shamsullah Mohammadi||Bamyan Hajj Dept Head|
|71||Mawlavi Abdul Qayyoum Hilal||Paktika Police chief||Commanders|
|72||Abdul Sattar Sabir||Badghis Police Chief|
|73||Mohammad Yousuf Jamalzai||Nuristan Police chief|
|74||Mawlavi Mohammad Umar Mukhles||Paktia Police chief|
|75||Mawlavi Qeyyam||Nangarhar Police chief|
|76||Sardar Mohammad Ayubi||Nimroz Police chief|
|77||Mohammad Din Shah Mohabat||Logar Police chief|
|78||Mawlavi Abdul Baseer Mazhari||Sar-i-Pul Police chief|
|79||Mohammad Sharif Haleemi||Maidan Wardak Police chief|
|80||Mawlavi Najeebullah Emran||Kunduz Ali Abad District Police chief|
|81||Mawlavi Faisal||Laghman Police chief|
|82||Mullah Sediqullah Abid||Daikundi|
|83||Mawlavi Edress||Provincial Brigade Commander|
|84||Qari Mohibullah Umar||Badakhshan Garrison Deputy head|
|85||Abdul Wakeel||Badkhshan Salesh Corp Commander|
|86||Qari Salahuddin Ayubi||MoRRD Deputy Minister||Other Officials|
|87||Mawlavi Syed Ahmad Sajid||Commissar of Abu Nasar Port|
|88||Mawlavi Feroz||Nimroz NSIA Head|
|89||Mawlavi Qeyamuddin Kashaf||Badakhshan Governor Secretary|
|90||Mawlavi Wajeehuddin||Badakhshan Religious Edu Head|
|91||Mawlavi Mahmood Ezam||Kandahar Governor Spokesperson|
|92||Qari Zahiddulah||Alingar District Chief|
|93||Mawlavi Abdul Razzaq||Warduj District Chief|
|94||Mawlavi Abdul Hai||Nimroz Police Spokesperson|
|95||Mawlavi Aminulhaq||Panjsher Judiciary member|
|96||Mawlavi Mansour||Kunduz City 3rd District Police Chief|
|97||Ghazanfar||Sayyad District Chief|
|98||Salam Aka||Ali Abad District Chief|
|99||Mawlavi Shah Rhman||Pansher Hajj Dept Spokesperson|
|100||Raz Muhammad||Badghis Agriculture Dept Head|
|101||Syed Hassan||Bamyan Hajj Dpt Head|
Some performing Hajj at own expense
Zabihullah Mujahid, the government’s chief spokesman, said the officials who have gone for Hajj were obliged to perform the ritual
Previously, he added, the officials were denied permission due to the coronavirus and security concerns. “Now there is an opportunity. No one can be stopped performing their duty.”
He said the officials had tasked their deputies to avoid delays in routine work. They were in Saudi Arabia for Hajj at their own expense, he explained.
Fazal Mohammad Hussaini, media director for MoHRA, told Pajhwok this year about 13,582 people from Afghanistan were performing Hajj and the flight operation had been completed.
Pajhwok asked the Ministry of Hajj to share the number of pilgrims and the list of government officials from different provinces. The ministry, however, did not provide the details.
Hussaini insisted: “The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs provides same services to all pilgrims, whether government officials or ordinary people. I cannot say who will go and who will not but those who have gone there are known to us as pilgrims.”
A delegation from the ministry had travelled to Makkah earlier to arrange for pilgrims teachers, accommodation, transport, food, tents and other services in Mina and Arafat.
According to a Pajhwok report, in the solar year 1391, about 3,000 government servants had gone on Hajj without participating in any draw. Every minister, parliament member and governor had introduced two persons each for Hajj.
In the solar year 1398, former president Ashraf Ghani had underlined the need for reducing the participation of government officials in the process.