Abdul Qayyum Katawazi is the Deputy Chief of the National Directorate of
Security (NDS), he took over for Abdullah Laghmani. Laghmani was killed in
a suicide attack in September 2009 in Mehtarlam, capital of eastern Laghman
province. Before that, he served as the governor of Paktika province until April
20, 2010. He was appointed governor by President Hamid Karzai in 2009.
Paktika is in south-eastern Afghanistan and it borders Pakistan's North and
South Waziristan - a place well known for Taliban activity. Katawazi has been
very vocal in his criticism of Pakistan's efforts in fighting against the
Taliban. He's told numerous reporters that "Pakistan does not want to
fight militants who are against the Afghan government and coalition forces."
Instead, Katawazi says Pakistan only focuses on fighting militants that are
against their own government. Before being appointed as governor, Katawazi
was Kandahar province's Intelligence Chief
Written by Abdullah Qazi on April 24, 2010