Gen. Andarabi assumes charge as acting spymaster
KABUL (Pajhwok): Maj. Gen. Massoud Andarab, replacing Eng. Rahmatullah Nabil, formally took charge as acting chief of the National Directorate of Security (NS) on Friday, the spy service announced.
The decision on Andarab's appointment came at a high-level security meeting, chaired by the president, after the approval of Nabil’s resignation, the Presidential Palace said.
Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah introduced Andarabi as acting spymaster during ceremony at the NDS Headquarters in Kabul. The CEO also lauded the services of the outgoing spy chief.
Abdullah said acceptance of Nabil’s resignation was not an easy task during the current situation, but he the government respected his right and decision to step down.
Born in the Andarab district of Baghlan Province, Andarabi is fluent in English, Arabic and Urdu, in addition to Dari an Pashto. He has worke for seven years with UN Development Office as Afghanistan Development Program Project Officer.
Earlier on Thursday, Nabil passed critical remarks against the head of state for visiting Pakistan to attend a regional conference on cooperation with Afghanistan.
“I regret,” the spymaster wrote on his Facebook page about Ghani’s trip. Nabil said Ghani was given a 21-gun salute at the Nur Khan Airbase in Islamabad while innocent civilians in Kandahar, Helmand and other provinces were under attack by Pakistan-backed militants.
Also on Friday, President Ghani told a media briefing that he respected the freedom of expression and that he had not sacked Nabil for his critical post on Facebook.
The president ruled out foreign influence in appointments of senior security officers, calling a reshuffle in state institutions a routine affair. He described the NDS as an independent institution, free of political intervention.
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