Mohib Ullah Samim, a native of Ghazni province, has been the governor of Paktika
province, in south-eastern Afghanistan since April 21, 2010. He replaced Abdul
Qayyum Katawazi. Before being appointed governor by President Hamid Karzai,
Samim served as a publisher of a private magazine in Kabul. Before that, he was
Ghazni province's Director of Information and Culture, and he had also worked as
a sub-governor in two Ghazni districts. He has bachelor's degree in linguistics.
In a ceremony marking his first day on the job, Samim reached out to the
Taliban. He said: "To the Taliban I say, come to the government and talk.
Letís make it better for all of us. I will try to respect everyone. I will try
to bring unity to all tribes. I will be working for unity on behalf of all
people of Paktika province and my door is open 24 hours a day if you need me."
Written by Abdullah Qazi on April 24, 2010