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Afghan President Ghani rejects the resignation of the highest security officials



KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani denied the resignation of three senior security officials on Sunday, the government said.

FILE PHOTO: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 15, 2018. REUTERS / Mohammad Ismail

Resignation of Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami and Interior Minister Wais Barmak and Masoom Stanekzai, the head of National Security Agency, were filed on Saturday after giving up National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar.

Government spokesman Haroon Chakansuri said in a statement that Ghani had asked the three officials to continue their duties and "work towards improving the security situation."

Two high-ranking Interior Ministry officials said the security officials had cited political differences with the government as the security situation proved to be the main reason for the resignation.

However, Ghani refused to resign and instead instructed them to find ways to prevent new attacks by militant groups.

Heavy fighting between Taliban insurgents and other militant groups and security forces raged in Afghanistan this year. There were also suicide attacks in Kabul and other major cities.

Authorities have campaigned for further attacks on parliamentary elections on October 20. The magnitude of the violence has shocked government officials who are bitterly critical of how they dealt with the war.

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi and Abdul Qadir Sediqi; Writing by Rupam Jain; Edited by Paul Tait

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