Afghanistan: national security adviser quits, sparking cabinet resignations

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Hanif Atmars exit, in the middle of aggravating security scenario, is followed by ministers of defence and interior

Afghanistan’s nationwide security advisor, Hanif Atmar, resigned on Saturday, triggering other resignations in the cabinet, in exactly what observers think might be the very first relocation in a strategy to run for the presidency in next year’s elections.

He was among the most prominent consultants to President Ashraf Ghani and commonly thought about to be the second-most effective authorities in Afghanistan .

He ended up being nationwide security consultant after Ghani was sworn in as president in late 2014. Ghani’s workplace stated the resignation had actually been accepted and revealed his follower instantly, calling the Afghan ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib, as the replacement.

Atmar, 49, stated that he was stepping down due to the distinctions he had with the federal government on a political level, in addition to their method to keeping peace and stability in the nation. His resignation letter has actually not been launched however it is stated to have actually pointed out “major distinctions over policies and concepts with federal government management”.

A senior authorities near to Atmar stated the previous security advisor was thinking about running versus Ghani in the 2019 vote. “He has actually resigned due to the fact that he is preparing to run for governmental election next year,” they stated.

The precise information of the rift with Ghani were not right away clear however in the previous week the Afghan federal government decreased to participate in peace talks hosted by Russia that agents of the Taliban are anticipated to go to .

Atmar, who started his security profession with the Soviet Union-backed federal government in the late 1980s, is still viewed as near Russia.

Sources near to the president were reported by 2 Afghan tv stations to have stated that Ghani asked all his security cabinet to step down prior to Atmar resigned. Late last night it was validated that the minister of defence, Tariq Shah Bahrami, the minister of the interior, Wais Barmak, and the National Directorate of Security chief, Masoom Stanekzai, had actually all done so.

The factors provided by Ghani for the call for resignations was stated to be the degrading security scenario in Afghanistan, in the middle of lethal attacks performed by thought Islamic State militants, consisting of recently’s rocket attack on the governmental palace and the current Ghazni attack , and the increasing defence and security forces casualties.

Afghan federal government authorities were not instantly readily available to verify the reported governmental instruction.

Atmar formerly worked as the minister of interior under previous president Hamid Karzai.

He was sacked in 2010 after Taliban insurgents assaulted a “peace jirga” that was an early effort at ending the 17-year-old war with the Taliban.

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