Stanikzai denied approval over personal-interests
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts say the introduction and rejection of President Ashraf Ghani’s choice for the defence minister slot was based on personal-interests.
The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday rejected Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai as defence minister nominee.
On July 1, the government introduced Stanikzai along with nominee for Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) chief and two Supreme Court judges to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence.
A Wolesi Jirga member from Herat province Nazir Ahmad Hanafi told reporters Stanikzai was not a suitable pick for the post.
Calling it government’s fault, Hanafi said, “We did not approve Stanikzai because he was unprofessional and had no experience in military area.”
He said the government should introduce a professional and experienced person who could improve the fast deteriorating security situation of the country.
Abdul Hadi Khalid, a former deputy interior minister and political expert, said Stanikzai failed to get enough votes due to differences between the two teams of the government.
He said the two teams were yet to reach an agreement on the defence minister nominee.
Khalid asked the government to introduce another person with enough experience in military and political affairs to the Wolesi Jirga as soon as possible.
Before Stanikzai, former Chief of Army Staff Sher Mohammad Karimi had also failed to win a trust vote from the lower house.
However, some lawmakers believe both teams of the national unity government are trying to get their interested person appointed to the seat.
Senator Jummaddin Gayanwal from Paktika province said not approving Stanikzai was preplanned. He said lawmakers did not consider national interests over their personal interests.
He said people no longer wanted to see an acting defence minister and asked the government to introduce a new and mutually agreed upon candidate for the slot.
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