The latest shakeup in MoD

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:56 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 313 times

The consideration of government slots as bounty in lieu of a responsibility over the past decade and half has become a trend in Afghanistan. In many cases, senior government officials view their positions as a means to secure concessions other than as a responsibility because they are sure they won’t be held accountable for their actions. Even in cases of clear failures and corruption, there are no examples in senior government officials, which can make the people hopeful about the future of rule of law.



The culture of impunity, and lawlessness have seriously hurt the security sector in addition to other areas of governance, which is also one of the main culprits of increased casualties among Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF). Although problems and weakness in ANDSF leadership are not a new issue, discussions about it have got heated up once again in the wake of deadly terrorist attack on the 209th Shaheen Military Corps Headquarters in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.  The outburst of anger from the people provoked by the deadly terror attack prompted the Minister of Defense Gen. Abdullah Habibi and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim to resign on Monday. Meanwhile, President Ghani also replaced the commanders of four regional army corpses. 

While the recent leadership reshuffle in Afghan National Army (ANA) is a positive step, but it is not enough. The abdication of defense minister and chief of army staff cannot resolve all the problems of Afghan army. At lease there is a need for radical and corrective shakeup in ANA leadership to reduce casualties. 

Instead of its reactive policy, the National Unity Government should undertake thoughtful reforms that can lead to a lasting improvement. Government efforts concerning reforms should be focused to bring about a real positive impacts not to contain public reactions prompted by certain incidents.  


The problems and weakness in ANDSF leadership is no longer tolerable. If the government is unable to restore stability to the country, it should at least try to reduce the casualties of Afghan forces by reforming their leadership. 


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