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MPs Question Suitability, Behavior of Country’s Security Chiefs

Lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga—the lower house of Parliament-- on Thursday criticized the government for the uncertainty around the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior, saying it is one of the key factors behind the surge of violence in the country.

MPs noted that the Interior Ministry has been run by a caretaker for the past three months and that the defense minister is again traveling following a previous long stay abroad.

Sources have said that aides from Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, are in talks with President Ashraf Ghani's aides about finalizing a suitable candidate to take charge of the Ministry of Interior.

“In such a scenario, negligence or absenteeism raises questions and is unforgivable,” said Saleh Mohammad Registani, a military expert.

“We decided in the morning to conduct a meeting with the security officials, but we do not know when and with whom--the people responsible are not there,” said MP Shagofa Noorizai.

This comes after Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid returned to Kabul after a six-month trip abroad but stayed only for a few days before traveling again.

In a recent move, the government also appointed former deputy minister of interior for security General Abdul Saboor Qane as the new governor of Herat province.

“The fate of the acting minister of interior remains uncertain, the deputy minister of interior for security is not there, there is no defense minister here, there are lots of problems, all these have an impact on the war,” said MP Mir Afghan Safai.

Some reshufflings have also occurred in several posts in the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

MPs Question Suitability, Behavior of Country’s Security Chiefs

MPs noted that the Interior Ministry has been run by a caretaker for the past three months.

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Lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga—the lower house of Parliament-- on Thursday criticized the government for the uncertainty around the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior, saying it is one of the key factors behind the surge of violence in the country.

MPs noted that the Interior Ministry has been run by a caretaker for the past three months and that the defense minister is again traveling following a previous long stay abroad.

Sources have said that aides from Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, are in talks with President Ashraf Ghani's aides about finalizing a suitable candidate to take charge of the Ministry of Interior.

“In such a scenario, negligence or absenteeism raises questions and is unforgivable,” said Saleh Mohammad Registani, a military expert.

“We decided in the morning to conduct a meeting with the security officials, but we do not know when and with whom--the people responsible are not there,” said MP Shagofa Noorizai.

This comes after Defense Minister Assadullah Khalid returned to Kabul after a six-month trip abroad but stayed only for a few days before traveling again.

In a recent move, the government also appointed former deputy minister of interior for security General Abdul Saboor Qane as the new governor of Herat province.

“The fate of the acting minister of interior remains uncertain, the deputy minister of interior for security is not there, there is no defense minister here, there are lots of problems, all these have an impact on the war,” said MP Mir Afghan Safai.

Some reshufflings have also occurred in several posts in the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

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