Afghan president declines resignation of top officials

Published: August 26, 2018 16:12:30 | Updated: August 28, 2018 10:40:38

Security personnel inspect the side of a suicide attack near the office of the Election Commission in Jalalabad city, capital of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on Saturday. At least two people were killed and four others injured in the attack. – AP photo

Afghanistan’s top security officials have tendered their resignation, but President Ashraf Ghani asked them to remain at their posts.

The presidential palace said on Sunday that Mr Ghani declined the offers to resign submitted by Defense Minister Tareq Shah Bahrami, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and Masoum Stanekzai, Afghanistan’s top intelligence official.

On Saturday, Mr Ghani accepted the resignation of Mohammed Haneef Atmar, his national security adviser, and replaced him with Hamdullah Mohib, who previously served as the ambassador to the United States.

The security shake-up comes after weeks of unrelenting attacks by the Taliban, who have seized several districts across the country in recent years. The insurgent group has also boosted its diplomatic profile, sending official delegations to Indonesia and Uzbekistan, and accepting an invitation for talks in Moscow, reports AP.

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