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New appointments at MoI hailed as ‘timely action’

New appointments at MoI hailed as ‘timely action’

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May 20, 2017 - 16:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Military analysts on Saturday said recent appointments in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) were ‘an appropriate step.

Exactly a week back, 13 individuals were appointed on high positions in the MoI in line with the ministry’s suggestions and approval of the president. Ten other high ranking officers were employed on ‘precautionary’ posts.

Janan Barakzai has been appointed as first deputy interior minister, Murad Ali Murad as assistant security, Maj. Gen. Aminullah Karim as finance and administrative assistant, Maj. Gen. Abdul Khalil as counternarcotics assistant.

Former finance and administrative assistant Lt. Gen. Ikramuddin Yawar, counternarcotics assistant Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, MoI intelligence chief Sayed Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada and crime branch chief at the ministry, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir, had been appointed to the precaution posts.

The new appointments come after President Ashraf Ghani recently called the MoI as the center of corruption and said he would eradicate the problem in the ministry.

Some analysts call the new employments ‘a right action’ and hoped corruption in the ministry would be controlled to some extent.

Gen. Attiqullah Amarkhel, a military experts, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Appointments and replacements in security organs are a routine practice, so qualified and experienced people must be hired to high positions.”

He believed in the MoI was not alone being notorious for corruption but all public departments were rife the menace which needed a decisive action.

The recent appointments were a timely action because the selected individuals were qualified, he added.

“I do not know all of them, but three or four of them I know including Gen. Murad Ali Murad are experienced and honest people, they can play a bigger role if not influenced by corrupt officials,” he said.

Another military expert, Javid Kohistani, also said that the new appointments in the MoI were appropriate.

“It is clear to all that corruption has reached its peak in the government, particularly in the MoI as the president himself thinks so, but I am optimistic because of the new faces,” he said.

However, he many of the individuals sent to precaution posts had much experience.

Gen. Atiqullah Amarkhel also said: “Those sent to precaution posts have performed their tasks very honestly in the past 16 years, and their skills need to be used in right places.”

Those sent to precaution posts should be hired to other posts to fill the gaps in defense and security organs, he said.

But some other analysts believed recent appointments in the MoI were not a right action and stressed the system’s overhaul.

Military expert, Abdul Wahid Taqat, said appointments and replacements could not bring positive changes.

“If we have the intention to eradicate corruption, then we should bring reforms from highest to lowest posts,” he said.

He said fighting corruption required a proper check and balance system.

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