Afghan intelligence chief resigns over policy disputes

Head of Afghan intelligence service Nabil quits job due to disagreement with president Ghani

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Rahmatullah Nabil, head of Afghanistan's NDS, during a joint news conference in Kabul

Chief of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) Rahmatullah Nabil resigned from his post on Thursday due to policy disputes with President Ashraf Ghani.

Nabil posted his resignation letter to his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The chief’s resignation came after a series of setbacks against the Taliban such as the fall of Afghan's northern city Kunduz, which was recently retaken along with an airport attack that killed at least 50 people, including police and security personnel in Kandahar -one of the biggest losses in recent months.

The resignation came while Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was visiting Pakistan for the "Heart of Asia" regional conference. With the aim to improve the peace process with the Taliban, Ghani met with Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif.

In the resignation letter Nabil stressed that over the past few months there has been “a lack of agreement on some policy matters” and criticises President Ghani’s approach that imposed unacceptable conditions on his ability to do his job.

He also slammed Ghani’s policies for having close relations with Pakistan which he sees as an enemy and argued the 5,000-year-old history of Afghanistan, saying that it has kneeled to a 60-year-old history.

“At a time when Nawaz Sharif announced Afghanistan’s enemy is Pakistan’s enemy, our innocent compatriots in Kandahar Airport area and Khanshin district of Helmand, Takhar and Badakhshan were being killed and slaughtered,” he said.

Nabil also stressed that Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah has been residing in Pakistan and ISI (intelligence service of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence) residents for years.

“The person who had attended the meeting with us, the same person from ISI computers declared that the achievement was made by Taliban,” Nabil said.

Nabil stressed that Fazlullah is "part of ISI’s project” that aims to weaken Afghanistan in the region.

“At least 1,000 litres blood of our innocent people spilled which was similar to the red carpet where we did a cat walk. But the one who was present with us in the gathering and made an announcement from Quetta city of Pakistan under the name of Taliban, using the ISI computer to claim the glory. And we became so much apprehended and excited with 21 artillery gun salute that we agreed regarding the execution of 40 assaults/operations against the enemies of Pakistan and promised to soon launch a large operation against Mullah Fazlullah in a bid to keep our 60-year-old friend glad,” he said.

Pakistan has been accused of supporting the Taliban many times. However, Pakistan denies the allegations.

Reportedly, the resignation has been accepted by the government, however officials have yet to formally confirm it.

TRTWorld and agencies