The new changes brought in the leadership of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) recently is aimed at improving security across the country, MoI spokesman Najib Danish said.
“We expect that the changes in the Interior Ministry’s leadership will improve security across the country and help us maintain better security,” Danish added.
President Ashraf Ghani last week introduced new officials for 12 senior posts in the Interior Ministry.
According to recommendations by the MoI and the approval of the president, the officials have been appointed in three deputy head offices, four zonal commands, and a number of other posts within the ministry.
• Murad Ali Murad as senior deputy minister of interior for security
• Janan Barikzai as first deputy of the interior ministry
• Aminullah Karim, deputy minister of administrative affairs
• Abdul Jalil Bakhtiari, deputy minister of interior for counter-narcotics
• Farid Afzali, general director of intelligence and fighting crime
• Abdul Jamil Kohistani, general director of fighting crime
• Abdul Jabbar Purdeli, general director of MoI’s Human Resources
• Abdul Mannan Hamdil, deputy director of intelligence
• Ghulam Aziz Gharanai, head of local police
• Khalil Ziaee, commander of 808 Police Zone
• Nabil Elham, commander of 404 Maiwand Police Zone
• Mohammad Juma Adeel, commander of 606 Ansar Police Zone
• And Shir Ali Shahryar, commander of 202 Shamshad Police Zone
According to a decree issued by the president in March, bringing changes and reforms in security agencies shall be done in consultation with Amrullah Saleh, state minister for reforms in security affairs, who was newly appointed to the position.
However, Saleh has not commented about his role in regards to the new changes at the Ministry of Interior.
“These people have already worked in many parts of the Interior Ministry but their activities in the new posts are connected with the authorities that will be given to them,” said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, former deputy minister of interior.
“By this move, the president sidelined those who were from his rival political groups and he appointed his favorite figures in the positions,” said Farooq Majroh, an MP.
This comes after President Ghani this month called the Interior Ministry “the heart of corruption”.
The Ministry of Interior has six deputy ministerial offices. However reports indicate that the deputy minister offices for border police and public order police will be moved to the Ministry of Defense.