Afghan spy chief resigns over ‘policy differences’ with Ghani

KABUL:Rahmatullah Nabil, chief of Afghanistan’s premier spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS), resigned from his post on Thursday over ‘policy disagreements’ with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, according to a resignation letter sent to media by his office.The resignation of Nabil follows a series of setbacks in recent months including the fall of the northern city of Kunduz to the Taliban and a raid on Kandahar airport in the south. In the letter, Nabil said that over the past few months, there had been a lack of agreement on some policy matters and the president had imposed unacceptable conditions on his ability to do his job.According to officials, President Ghani has accepted his resignation and a replacement has already been lined up. Massoud Andrabi, a deputy to Nabil, has been appointed as acting chief, reported Tolo News agency. The NDS chief’s resignation comes just a day after Afghan president while attending the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad agreed to restart dialogue with the Taliban.


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