In accordance with paragraph 20 of resolution 2160 (2014), the 1988 Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the 1988 Sanctions List.
Abdul Salam Hanafi Ali Mardan Qul was listed on 23 February 2001 as Deputy Minister of Education of the Taliban regime so falling within the provisions of resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1333 (2000) of the United Nations Security Council regarding acts and activities of the Taliban authorities.
As of May 2007, the Taliban leadership placed Abdul Salam Hanafi Ali Mardan Qul in charge of The Jawzujan Province. He was also the Taliban member responsible for Jawzjan Province in Northern Afghanistan until 2008. He is believed to be involved in drug trafficking.