Kabul: Finally after weeks of delay, the second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danish stated on Saturday that the cabinet “in principle” approved the security plan for the west of Kabul city on June 16.
Danish said that President Ghani chaired a special meeting with Vice-Presidents, National Security Advisor, Acting Interior Minister, National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief, Chief of Army Staff, and National Security Council (NSC) Deputy and discussed the plan in details and directed the NSC to establish a technical team, and comprehensively review the plan, and present a final plan to the next meeting, providing clear short-term, mid-term and long-term measures.
The meeting also directed relevant agencies, particularly the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and NDS, to take necessary measures in this regard. Last month, Danish had presented the plan to the cabinet to ensure security for the west of Kabul, where there have been rising security incidents in the recent past.
Meanwhile, in other important government announcements, President Ghani has appointed Bismillah Khan Mohammadi as Acting Defense Minister; Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal as Acting Interior Minister, and Hayatullah Hayat as Acting Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister, the Administrative Office of the President (AOP) announced on Saturday.
AOP stated that former Acting Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Mujib Rahman Karimi has been appointed as Senior Presidential Advisor on Development and Infrastructure Affairs.
AOP added that the President has directed the State Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs to introduce the Acting Ministers for parliamentary approval, as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Kabul police said that two police officers have been killed in a roadside bomb blast in Paghman district. The incident took place at 1:55pm on Saturday in the Qala-e-Abdul Ali area of Paghman district, said Basir Mujahid, Director of Kabul Police press office.
Mujahid also said that a police ranger vehicle was targeted by a roadside bomb. According to him, the incident is being investigated by a joint security team.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Paghman district is located west of Kabul.