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If endorsed, Gen. Karimi to reform army

If endorsed, Gen. Karimi to reform army

Jan 21, 2015 - 14:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, defence minister-designate on Wednesday promised implementing security improvement plans and building realistic military ties with Pakistaninfo-icon.   

Also the sitting Afghan army chief, Gen. Karimi appeared before the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon to outline his future plans and priorities if the lower house granted him a vote of confidence.

A day earlier, the Presidential Palace introduced 24 designate ministers-designate and National Directorate of Security and Central Bank heads to the assembly for a trust vote. 

Gen. Karimi -- one the nominees who presented their plans to the Wolesi Jirga -- said: “I don’t have dual citizenship. If I win a trust vote, I would go flat out to reform military leadership.”

He would also ensure employment based on merit, justice and streamlining the army’s financial system. Accountability, better incentives for soldiers and helping families of victims would are among his priorities. 

The nominee pledged to keep the army out politics and try to strengthen its transportation capability and eradicate corruption. He would also forge coordination with Pakistan at the tactical level.

Stressing public support for the army, he promised taking steps to address the current problems facing the institution.  

A son of Mohammad Karim, Karimi was born in 1945 in southeastern Khost province. He graduated from the Military Academy in Kabul before completing military coursed in the UK, US, India and Egypt.




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