President Ashraf Ghani appointed the deputy head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Massoud Andarabi, as acting chief of the spy agency following the surprise resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil on Thursday afternoon.
At an emergency meeting Thursday evening, which was attended by Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah among others, Ghani said Andarabi will take over.
In a statement issued by the Presidential Palace, Ghani said: “On the basis of consultations we agreed upon, Massoud Andarabi will take charge of the National Directorate of Security going forward.”
Ghani did however pay homage to the authorities who serve in the NDS – for their efforts to provide security to the people, said the statement.
“The president, by accepting the resignation of Engineer Rahmatullah Nabil from the chairmanship of the National Directorate of Security, expressed his gratitude to him for maintaining security in the country,” the statement read.
“The president announced the role of NDS at thwarting and detecting the security threats as important and expressed hope over more achievements by the NDS in the future,” the statement added.
The meeting was also attended by deputies of the National Directorate Security (NDS).