KABUL (SW) – Two years on since his maiden public appearance at a top government position, Ajmal Ahmadi, the acting governor of Da Afghanistan Bank, remains a controversial figure with dubious traces of his background.
From his tenure as minister at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, he has been in the limelight for unorthodox behavior and his lack of knowledge about Afghanistan’s national languages, Pashto and Dari.
There is only a vague reference about him at the DAB website, which usually contains detailed personal information about the governor. It is mentioned that Ahmadi is from Ghazni province. But, there are no details about his district and other personal information.
Ajmal Ahmadi’s electronic ID card, a copy of which was obtained by Salam Watandar, states his father’s name as Abdul Ahad and his grandfather’s name as Syed Ahmad.
On the day of the vote of confidence at the Wolesi Jirga (lower house), Ajmal Ahmadi introduced his hometown as the Masjid Khatibi area of Ghazni, which is still known by the same name.
A tribal elder in Ghazni, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Salam Watandar that in the past, there were about five hundred families living in the “Masjid Khatibi village”. He claimed no one knew anyone there by the names mentioned by Ahmadi.
In addition, the information he narrated about his birthplace being ‘Jamhoriat Hospital’ is also incorrect.
Ahmadi Arabzada, director services at the hospital, said on the stated date of birth of Ahmadi, 18 April 1978, the place where ‘Jamhoriat Hospital’ is present now, only a guest house stood.
According to Da Afghanistan Bank’s website, Ajmal Ahmadi completed his primary and secondary education in Ghazni. It says like millions of Afghan refugees, he was forced to flee the country at the age of two years.
Ahmadi looks younger in his ID card picture than his passport photo, which means he has obtained his passport before his ID card.
We tried to get Ajmal Ahmadi’s personal opinion on this, but to no avail.
However, some government officials who have experience working with Ajmal Ahmadi in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Da Afghanistan Bank and other sectors said that his behavior was ‘dictatorial’.