KABUL, Afghanistan – President Ashraf Ghani's national security adviser surprisingly resigned Saturday after it was reported that Ghani had dismissed his entire War Cabinet
Shah Hussain Mortazavi, a spokesman for the Afghan leader, confirmed that Mr. Ghani had done so The Russian security minister accepted the resignation of security adviser Hanif Atmar and appointed his current successor Hamdullah Mohib, the current ambassador to the United States. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en. Mortazavi refused to comment on a report by Tolonews, a prominent local television station, that Mr. Ghani had fired all his security ministers including Mr. Atmar, Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami; Minister of the Interior Wais Barmak; and Masoom Stanekzai, the head of the National Security Agency, Afghanistan's intelligence service. Mr Stanekzai and Mr Atmar were on Cabinet level.
The Tolonews report said that Mr. Ghani held the speech because of dissatisfaction with the rocket attack on the Presidential Palace on Tuesday when he was giving a speech, with his. Englisch: www.eu2006.gv.at/en/News/Press_Rele…ference.html. News / Speeches_I … 04Rupel.html the rumors & # 39; German: www.socialistgroup.eu/gpes/sessiond…04&place=STR Security agencies have dealt with the Taliban 's efforts to take over the southeastern Chinese city of Ghazni and the rising casualties among the Afghan security forces.
Other Officials Reject the Tolonews Report as "Rumors"
Tolonews published an issue of Mr. Atmar's handwritten resignation letter, stating that he was acting "for serious disagreement with top-level government policies and practices" and that these disagreements go back several months.
Mr. Atmar, who served as the highest security officer for Mr. Ghani since 2014, is rumored to be considering presidential candidacy in next year's elections.
Mr. Mohib, 35, the new national security adviser, has been an ambassador to Washington since 2015. A computer engineer, he has no previous safety experience.
Fatima Faizi reported from Kabul, Afghanistan, and Rod Nordland from London.