Afghan Intelligence NDS full of political and unprofessional people: Afghan MPs

Afghan Intelligence NDS full of political and unprofessional people: Afghan MPs

KABUL: Former military official and MP on Friday said the National Unity Government leaders have politicized the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and have appointed “unprofessional and unqualified” individuals in the leadership of the security agency.

The MP and the former military official claimed that none of the members of the NDS leadership are professional, except a few including Massoud Andarabi, a senior NDS official.

They added that senior officials of the NDS have been appointed based on political shares mentioned in the NUG agreement signed by President Ghani and CEO Abdullah in September 2014.

“The head of the NDS (Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai) is an individual who does not have any experience or specialty in the field. Because he is a trusted person to President (Ashraf Ghani). He is mostly busy with foreign policy affairs and mediation in the peace process,” said Jafar Mahdawi, an MP.

“We do not have any professional individual in the NDS. We should have a clear definition of the national security. Is national security a municipality? Municipality is even better than the NDS, because it has some technical employees, while the NDS does not have this,” said Daud Hassas, former advisor of CEO Abdullah Abdullah.

Meanwhile, a number of political analysts said that appointing security officials based on political shares will deteriorate the country’s security situation.

“This issue has caused deep security gaps and crisis,” said Jawed Kohistani, a military affairs analyst.

Kabul and other provinces have witnessed deadly attacks in the past month, leaving scores of people dead and wounded.

Keeping security agencies away from politics was a major promise by the NUG leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, during their election campaigns.