Karzai fires chief of intelligence

kabul — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has removed the head of the intelligence service, Rahmatullah Nabil.

Karzai’s office said a decision had been taken to limit the term of the office to two years.

However, there are reports that Karzai was unhappy with the agency’s performance in combating the militant Taliban movement.

Karzai is also expected to announce replacements for two security ministers who were dismissed by parliament.

Interior minister Bismillah Khan and Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak were removed by MPs for failing to tackle insecurity and over corruption allegations.

A statement from Karzai’s office thanked Nabil for his service and said he would take up a post as ambassador to a foreign country.

Reports say that Khan will be re-introduced to the cabinet as defence minister.

Senior officials told the BBC that the current deputy interior minister Mujtaba Patang will be promoted to replace Khan as interior minister. (BBC)

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