Wardak leaves his position for good
Wed Aug 08, 1:39 pm
Unseated Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak declined President Karzai’s proposal to work as an acting minister.
Respecting Parliament and President Karzai’s decisions regarding his position, Abdul Rahim Wardak said in his last press conference on Tuesday that he would not work further in the ministry.
“As a citizen believing in democracy, I respect Parliament’s decision, the most important legislative body, and with the permission of President I announce an end to my duty,” the now former minister told reporters inside the Defense Ministry hall.
Stressing the need of an apolitical National Army, Wardak insisted if Afghan National Army (ANA) was kept away from politics, it could achieve a big success.
Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, on Saturday voted a “no confidence” measure against Mr. Wardak because of the ongoing missile attacks on the Pakistan border. They also dismissed the interior minister for the same reason.
President Karzai later directed both unseated ministers to continue in their offices as acting ministers.