Liwal vows to revive Border Ministry’s past glory
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed deputy minister for border and tribal affairs on Saturday said cultural activities that played positive role in boosting Afghanistan’s image abroad should be relived.
Abdul Ghafoor Liwal expressed these views during his introduction ceremony in Kabul.
He said the Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs was a great national institute but its position was gradually affected by changes in governments.
“The prolonged wars, formation of different governments and other problems in Afghanistan weakened the role of the Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs, but the ministry affairs somehow improved with reforms introduced by the new government,” Liwal said.
He added during his tenure as the deputy minister, he would try to relive the important role the ministry had been playing in the past.
Border and Tribal Affairs Minister Gulab Mangal told the ceremony that Liwal had good achievements in cultural activities, journalism, writings and analysing political issues.
He said positive characteristics were a reason Liwal was appointed as the deputy minister.
“We have a research and investigation department and a department for publications and public relations so we needed someone like Liwal who keeps close contacts with tribes and different communities,” he said.
Mangal added he was committed to appointing experts in the ministry to help improve its position.
Abdul Ghafoor Liwal is the son of Maulvi Ali Mohammad Khan Hussainkhail and was born in 1973 in Mushi district of the capital Kabul.
Before his appointment as the deputy minister, Liwal had been serving as the Regional Studies Center of Afghanistan (RSCA) direct since 2006.
From July 2005 till March 2006, he served as director of Department of Cultural and Social Affairs and Media Consultant with the Office of Administrative Affairs (Presidential Office).
Liwal had also followed H.H. Humphrey in Journalism from 2004 until 2005, the Humphrey fellowship program is an exchange program of the State Department of the United States of America in leadership and professional development.
From December 2004 –January 2005, he worked as Consultant (Curriculum development of Pashto Teaching) with the Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) in Indiana University USA.
Liwal had served on several other government positions and had worked with non-governmental organizations.
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