By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan
December 23, 2018
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced that Assadullah Khalid, the former head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), as the country’s defense minister and Amrullah Saleh, also a former intelligence chief, as interior minister.
Ghani made the announcement in a December 23 decree in which he asked the parliamentary affairs minister to send the nominations for approval to Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament, known as the Wolesi Jirga.
Both men will serve as acting ministers until the parliament approves their appointments.
No official reason was given for the shakeup.
The move comes several months after Ghani rejected the resignations of former Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami over political differences.
Khalid and Saleh both served as heads of NDS under former President Hamid Karzai.
Both men have blamed Pakistan for the Taliban’s resurgence in recent years and have called for it to be declared a state sponsor of terror.
Khalid was badly injured in an assassination attempt in Kabul in 2012.
Ghani’s announcement comes ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election scheduled for April 2019.
It also comes amid reports that the United States is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan.
U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has been meeting with Taliban leaders in hopes of bringing the Afghan war to an end.
The Taliban has so far refused to engage with Afghan government representatives.
With reporting by the BBC, and Tolo News
Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.
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عدل شمعی بود جهان افروز
ظلم شه آتشی ممالک سوز
رخنه در ملک شاهی آرد ظلم
در ممالک تباهی آرد ظلم
این لئیمان که سر برآوردند
عادت و رسم دیگر آوردند
همه از دانش است دعویشان
لیک بی دانشی است معنیشان
علمشان بهر فتنه انگیزی است
فضلشان از برای خونریزی است
این گروه دگر که مظلومند
اندرین روزگار محرومند
همه سرکشته و پریشانند
خسته تیغ ظلم ایشانند
آهشان سوخت سقف گردون را
اشکشان دجله ساخت هامون را
عجب ارآهشان اثر نکند
درود دلشان جهان سقر نکند
وآنکه داند که کار دنیا چیست
یکنفس خوش نمیتواند پست
*PEACE AND *RESPECT
-will conquer it all !!!!!!!!!
have always been under extreme
their demanding overlords.
mental break downs.
Karzai exhibited it visibly,
to the end of his loyal service- the current
are beginning to.
Pronounced symptoms will probably clearly show up later; as the grand showcase slowly draws to its end..-
have their own designated stooges for all major districts and towns and are also recruiting fresh vulnerable souls. It appear like they are training and promoting them from scratch like little babies- all against the
religious and cultural norms of the local folks across Afghanistan and the whole regions in general.
FOR THE SAFETY
PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN