Security chief for south embarks on duty
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): The newly-appointed security chief of the southern zone, Asadullah Khalid, assumed charge in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said on Thursday.
Governor Toryalai Wesa introduced Khalid to security officials at a gathering, attended by interior and defence ministry representatives, as well as provincial officials.
A former governor of Kandahar, Khalid has also served as a minister and member of the National Security Council. He has been appointed as security chief for the southern zone by President Hamid Karzai.
"I am happy to have won the confidence of the president and Kandahar people and would come here for serving the masses," Khalid told the gathering.
He would lead Afghan and foreign troops in the zone, where peace would come as a result of better coordination among the security personnel, he said.
Khalid chaired a security meeting after the gathering. Governor Wesa, Kandahar NDS head, Gen. Mohammad Naeem Momin, police chief, Gen. Abdul Razzaq, the deputy head of 205th Afghan National Army (ANA) Corps, public order police commander and the ISAF commander in the south attended the meeting.
The commanders who performed well during the past one year were given promotions. Khalid hoped he would bring about a positive change in the security environment due to his links with local officials and tribal elders.
Hailing from the Taraki tribe, Khalid is a resident of southern Ghazni province. He worked as Ghazni governor for a few years later as Kandahar governor. Currently, he is the minister of tribal and border affairs and member of the National Security Council.
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