(MENAFN- Afghanistan Times) By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani appointed new caretakers for the ministries of defense and interior on Sunday, a reshuffle deemed to be a turning point amid a strenuous peace effort.
According to a decree issued by the Presidential Palace, the
Ex-Spymaster Assadullah Khaled was introduced as caretaker and nominee for the Ministry
of Defense and former Intelligence Chief Amrullah Saleh as acting minister and
nominee for Ministry of Interior.
In a statement issued by Presidential palace said that
according to the decree of 13th section of 64th article of constitution
Assadullah Khaled was assigned as acting minister for Defense Ministry.
Statement said that based on decree of 11th section of 64th article of
constitution Assadullah Khaled assignation as nominee of Defense Ministry
According to the decree of 13th section of 64th article of
constitution Amrullah Saleh was assigned as acting minister for Interior
Ministry. Statement said that based on decree of 11th section of 64th article
of constitution Amrullah Saleh assignation as nominee of Interior Ministry
The Government's Minister in Parliamentarian Affairs is
responsible to introduce the nominees to the parliament for taking vote of
Although the government did not elaborate the reason behind
the replacement of Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak and Minister of
Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami, but they were often criticized by Afghan people as
well as parliamentarian over mismanagement and failure during duty and
reinforcement of security nationwide.
Assadullah Khaled the nominee for Ministry of Defense is
apolitician figureinAfghanistan. He served as head of
theNational Directorate of Security(NDS), which is the
domesticintelligence agencyof Afghanistan. Before his appointment
as the head of the NDS in September 2012, Khalid served as theMinister of
Tribal and Border Affairs. Between 2005 and 2008, he was theGovernor of
Kandahar Provinceand prior to that asGovernor of Ghazni
Mr. Khalid barely surviveda Taliban assassination
attempt in 2012, when he was the Afghan intelligence chief. A disguised suicide
bomber had just finished lunch with Mr. Khalid, sitting right across from him,
and set off his explosives at point-blank range as the dishes were being taken
Amrullah Saleh the nominee for ministry of interior is
apolitician figure, who served as head of theNational
Directorate of Securityfrom 2004 until his resignation in 2010. Mr. Saleh
beside political activity is leader of Green Trend movement.
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