The Afghan Ambassador to the US Roya Rahmani has appointed Mir Haris Ansari--the son-in-law of senior Ghani-adviser Shad Mohammad Sargand--as an embassy employee, according to documents seen by TOLOnews.
Documents seen by TOLOnews reveal that Ansari was sent to the embassy under the pretext of assessing the crack in the wall of the Afghan embassy in Washington DC, which is estimated to cost nearly $2 million.
But how is Ansari, who is a diplomat, able to fix a technical issue such as a crack in the wall?
According to sources, the daughter of Shad Mohammad Sargand, who is the wife of Ansari, lives in the United States and Mr. Sargand sent his son-in-law to Washington under the same pretext.
Ansari at the same time was given the task of assessing the crack on the wall of the Afghan embassy.
Meanwhile, other documents show that Ansari was appointed as the third secretary of the Afghan embassy in Egypt in June of the current year, but sources have told TOLOnews that he (Ansari) never worked at that post.
“Those colleagues who have been sent to the embassies in accordance with the previous decisions will be asked to return to their duties,” said Geran Hewad, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“If someone is hired or appointed to a post based on the ties he has, I think it is a clear violation of the law and against the sprit of the Constitution,” said Irfanullan Iran, a member of parliament.
Also in the past, TOLOnews obtained documents which revealed that Sargand appointed a woman as his secretary whose educational documents weren’t complete.
But, Amrullah Saleh, President Ghani’s first running mate in the election, has praised Sargand as an educated cadre.
“He (Sargand) is the only Afghan who has obtained two Ph.D. degrees in road and pipeline construction. He has rendered great sacrifice, he has left his comfortable life in the US and has come to Afghanistan where we spent hundreds of millions of dollars annually on importing pipes from abroad. He has come and said that he will start pipeline construction in Afghanistan with a small investment,” said Saleh.
On November 26, TOLOnews obtained a similar document showing that Sargand also received a salary from the US’s Ohio University—while serving as adviser—over the past two years.
Sargand, who was a professor at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in the US state of Ohio, established a relationship between the school and the Afghan government over years, which-- according to documents—earned the school approximately $10 million worth of construction contracts to complete projects for Afghanistan.
But a document obtained by TOLOnews shows that the university won a contract from Afghanistan’s Public Works (now merged with the Transportation Ministry) for a project worth $1.8 million, and-- documents show-- Sargand earned $75,000 dollars per year, for two years, as the contract was implemented, all while serving as Ghani’s adviser.
Neither Sargand nor the Afghan embassy in Washington were available for comment.