Ghormach District

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Ghormach District

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Ghormach District
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 35°43′32″N63°47′22″E / 35.72556°N 63.78944°E / 35.72556; 63.78944 Coordinates: 35°43′32″N63°47′22″E / 35.72556°N 63.78944°E / 35.72556; 63.78944
CountryFlag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan
Province Badghis Province
Seat Ghormach
  Total804 sq mi (2,083 km2)

Ghormach (Persian: ولسوالی غورماچ) is a district situated in the northwest of Faryab Province of Afghanistan. The district centre is Ghormach.



The estimated population of Ghormach District in 2003 was roughly 52,566. Based upon the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of Afghanistan's (MRRD) district profile for Ghormach, Pashtuns made up 97% of the total population, followed by 2% Aimaqs and 1% Baloch. [1]

In 2008, Ghormach was transferred from Badghis to Faryab province. All administration issues dealt by Faryab. [2]


Ghormach district experienced a resurgence in poppy cultivation after the fall of the Taliban government in 2001, although the Karzai government's eradication program had made some headway by spring 2007. [3]

Moalem Nooruddin was the chief district officer in 2007 when he was believed to have been captured by the Taliban on 16 December 2007. Other district leaders include Abdullah Jan and as of July 2010 Qari Dalat. [4] As of 2007 much of Ghormach District was under Taliban control. [5] [6]

Taliban captured the district on 11 October 2016. [7]


Ghormach district has 100 villages which covers an area of 2,083 km2. Murghab is surrounded by Turkmenistan, Bala Murghab of Badghis Province, Almar and Qaysar districts of neighbouring Faryab Province.

Notable localities in this district include Ab-i-Garmak, Arzanak, Du Abi, Garband, Husayn, Joy-i-Shor, Karez, Khatun, Khushki, Pamakhtu, Petaw, Rangin, Rashid, Sartakit, Sawriwon, Senjetak and Sharshari.


There is 1 high school, 2 secondary schools and 13 primary schools in the district. [1]

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  1. 1 2 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2009-07-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. LLC, Books (May 2010). Badghis Province Geography: Ghormach District, Ghowrmach, Qala I Naw, Afghanistan, Jawand, Morghab, Afghanistan, Bala Bowkan, Pa'in Bowkan. General Books LLC. ISBN   978-1-155-61339-0.
  3. "Afghan police attacked during counter-narcotics campaign in northwest" 4 April 2007 BBC Monitoring South Asia - Political; excerpt from report by Afghan independent Radio Sahar on 4 April 2007
  4. "Taliban claim abducting district chief, guards in Badghis" 19 December 2007 Pajhwak Afghan News Agency from
  5. "Afghan governor says saboteurs behind insecurity in northern province" 3 October 2007 BBC Monitoring South Asia - Political; text of report by private Afghan Arzu TV on 3 October 2007
  6. "Taleban, Afghan official give contradictory information on attack" 4 May 2007 BBC Monitoring South Asia - Political; text of report by Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press news agency, Herat, 4 May 2007
  7. "Afghanistan: Taliban captures Ghormach district". Al Jazeera. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2017.