President Ashraf Ghani on Monday appointed new police chiefs for Sar-e-Pul, Laghman, Ghazni, Badghis and Nuristan provinces.
Abdul Baqizoye has been appointed as the police chief of northern Sar-e-Pul, Mateullah Safi for eastern Laghan, Aminullah Amarkhel, for central Ghazni, Abdul Raouf Taj, for western Badghis and Ikramuddin for eastern Nuristan province, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
The statement said that Ghani has "met the new police chiefs at the Presidential Palace and discussed their responsibilities."
This comes a day after Ghani discussed the security situation of southeastern provinces with Tandar 203 Corps Commander Lt. General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali via a video teleconference from Tawhid Center in the Presidential Palace.
In the video conference, the governors of Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Logar, Ghazni, Wardak and Bamiyan provinces briefed the president on governance and security situation in their respective provinces, the Presidential Palace reported.
"After listening to their briefings, the president directed the Director General of Independent Directorate of Local Governance to apply the standards for transparency in appointments of civilian officials," the Presidential Palace said in a separate statement.
Ghani said that "nobody is allowed to meddle in the security sector's affairs and appointments. He added that the National Security and Defense Forces have thwarted the enemy's plans and attacks while defending the country and people with full courage and bravery."
He said the presence and role of the local police was crucial in ensuring security in the southeastern zone, and directed the governors to focus fundamental attention on the recruitment process for further strengthening of the National Army and National Police.