Ghani Rejects Rumors Spy Agency Chief Sacked at Pakistan’s Request

nabil-11-dec-15KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani strongly rejected rumors on Friday that the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Rahmatullah Nabil was sacked at Pakistan’s request.

Instead, Ghani said his resignation was routine.

Following speculation over Nabil’s resignation, Ghani said those who believe that either the president of Afghanistan or the national security council would dismiss government officials at the request of others should be prepared for a hundred-year war.

“If someone believes that the president, security council or member of the government dismisses an official at the request of others should be prepared for a hundred-year war, because this is national treason, no foreign country will be allowed to meddle in appointments within the government of Afghanistan” he said.

Ghani called the NDS chief’s resignation a normal process within government.

“Mr. Nabil submitted his resignation yesterday [Thursday] and it was approved, changing the profiles within a system is a routine job,” Ghani said on Friday.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has applauded Nabil’s struggles during his service as head of the Afghan spy agency and said that accepting the resignation wasn’t easy.

“Resignation is the right of every government official, however, this was not easy to accept,” Abdullah said.

In addition, Abdullah’s second deputy Mohammad Mohaqiq has expressed similar views on Nabil’s resignation.

“This is a normal job, we hope that there will not be a security and intelligence vacuum. A strong military system will remain in place despite Nabil’s resignation, however, his time in the job was critical,” he said.

In a Facebook post Nabil revealed that there was a lack of agreement between him and the government on a number of policy matters, an issue which according to Nabil put pressure on him and that there had been several meetings with the president before he decided to step down. -TOLONEWS


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