Badghis Province

province of Afghanistan

Bādghīs (Persian/Pashto: بادغیس) is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan. It is in northwestern Afghanistan, between the Murghab and Hari rivers. It goes as far northward as the edge of the desert of Sarakhs.

Province of Afghanistan
A village in Badghis
A village in Badghis
Location within Afghanistan
Location within Afghanistan
Districts prior to 2005 realignment
Districts prior to 2005 realignment
Coordinates: 35°0′N 63°45′E / 35.000°N 63.750°E / 35.000; 63.750
Provincial seatQala i Naw
 • GovernorDilbar Jan Arman Shinwari
 • Total20,591 km2 (7,950 sq mi)
 • Water0 km2 (0 sq mi)
 • Total499,393
 • Density20.9/km2 (54/sq mi)
Ethnic groups
 •  Tajiks
 •  Pashtuns
 •  Uzbeks
 •  Turkmen
 •  Dari Persian
ISO 3166-2 codeAF-BDG

History change

The province was one of the last captured by the Taliban in their military offensive before the American invasion in 2001. TheTajik people of the province never welcomed the Pashtun Taliban. The province was quickly retaken by Northern Alliance forces.

Geography change

Badghis Province is in the isolated hills of northwestern Afghanistan. Its borders are Herat, Ghor, and Faryab provinces as well as Turkmenistan.

Politics change

The current Governor of the province is Delbar Jan Arman.

Economy change

Agriculture is the main source of people's income. The Murghab and Hari rivers makes the land suitable for farming. The province had a bad drought in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This has gotten better.[2] Badghis is the biggest in pistachio production in Afghanistan. It is also one of the carpet-making capitals of the country.

Transportation change

Badghis Province has little transportation. Qala i Naw Airport (QAQN) is the only airport.[3]

References change

  1. Afghanistan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development: Badghis Provincial Profile
  3. "Qala-i-Naw Airport at the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2012-04-16.