Special Reports

Badghis is a northwestern province sharing borders with Herat in the west, Faryab in the east, Ghor in the south and Turkmenistan in the north. Qala-i-Naw is the provincial capital of the province. The total area of Badghis province is estimated at 32,000 square kilometers.
Based on mines department information, no survey has been conducted to explore natural resources in the province except some of the surveys carried out by the former Soviet Union in the Malmanji area of Qads district and Tora Shikh locality of Maqur district for the exploration of oil and gas.

QALA-I-NAW (PAN): Rejecting officials’ view point, residents of some districts in Badghis said rehabilitation projects in the province could not be implemented as per their expectations.  
Officials of the province said record rehabilitation work had been done during the last decade elsewhere in Kunduz.
Engineer Saeed, assistant head of provincial rural development in his chat told Pajhwok Afghan News five schemes had been launched to keep forward the rehabilitation program in the province.

QALA-I-NAW (PAN): Though economy of residents of western Badghis province depends on agriculture and livestock, locals complain of absence of market to promote their agro products.
Locals said growing insecurity had negatively hit their economy.
Hafizullah Banish, director agriculture, irrigation and livestock department said economy of the residents depended on agriculture and livestock.
Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, he said residents had large number of domestic animals as compared to the past, but their low prices negatively hit their owners.

QALA-I-NAW (PAN): Badghis officials said heavy presence of Taliban could still be noticed but their capability to launch large scale attack had been reduced.
Taliban had active presence in Bala Murhab and Jawand districts while the rests five administrative units including the provincial capital of Badghis province were comparatively secure.    

QALA-i-NAW (PAN): Education process is moving ahead with tandem but the main problem hampering progress of the vital sector is lack of competent and professional teaching staff.
Zia-ul-Haq Waseeq, provincial education department head told Pajhwok Afghan News the province had a total of 435 schools with none of them was closed. Outlining details of education activities in the area under his jurisdiction, Waseeq said there were 15 Madrassas including a seminary in the province along with vocational schools in provincial capital, Balamurghab and Qadis districts.