The National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib has ordered to terminate National Security Council employment contracts those funded by foreign missions.
Mohib said before his tenure, the Office of National Security Council (ONSC) was more of ” Kindergarten” and that the appointments were based on relationship not merit-based. He said everyone had employed their relatives at ONSC.
“We have removed them. Even now some MPs contacting me and asking for employment of their brothers,” he said.
NSA Mohib further said that they have terminated employment contracts of those staff members funded through foreign projects.
He said the ONSC is a place where important security plans and policies were being prepared and that if employees receive salaries through a foreign embassy, “they will be loyal to the embassy, not to the government”.
The official stressed that all foreign aid must go through appropriate government channels.
In reaction, the media office of former National Security Advisor Mohammad Haneef Atmar said that during Atmar’s term no embassy has paid salaries of ONSC employees, adding that the salaries of employees and some advisors were paid through the Ministry of Finance.
It comes as days earlier, Haneef Atmar who is running for president in July elections accused the Presidential Palace of removing the government officials with links to his election ticket including Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq.