CEO Introduces Acting NDS Chief

Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Unity Government (NUG), said on Friday while introducing Massoud Andarabi as acting chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), that the institution’s objectives and plans will not change.

Abdullah meanwhile praised former NDS chief Rahmatullah Nabil for his hard work and called on NDS personnel to seriously fight the enemies of the country.

Nabil resigned suddenly on Thursday but was replaced the same day after an emergency meeting was convened by President Ashraf Ghani.

“Based on consultations a decision was made to appoint Massoud Andarabi to take charge of the NDS institution,” said Abdullah.

Andarabi previously worked as the NDS deputy chief of operations. After his appointment he pledged to keep the NDS independent and with a non-political stance.

“My pledge as the NDS caretaker is that I will not let the enemies of Afghanistan reach their hostile aspirations,” said Andarabi.

Meanwhile Abdullah said the National Unity Government will fully support the NDS.

The CEO also said the enemies are enemies – and friends are friends – and asked the NDS forces to continue their fight against the enemies of Afghanistan.

“The NDS institution is a professional and non-political institution and the National Unity Government fully supports the NDS and we urge the NDS personnel to fight against terrorists firmly,” said Abdullah.

In addition, Andarabi said he will do everything in his power to neutralize terrorists and enemies of Afghanistan.

Andarabi previously worked as the NDS operations deputy and has a degree in Management and Information Technology.

He speaks Dari and Pashto along with Arabic, Urdu and English fluently.

Andarabi was born in Andarab district of Baghlan province and has two daughters and a son.

He also worked previously for the UNDP in Afghanistan.

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