Afghanistan sacks interior minister

Afghanistanâ„¢s parliament has sacked Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang over allegations of corruption and incompetence in the battle against Taliban.

Afghan Parliament Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said on Monday, Å“He (Patang) has lost the vote of confidence and I on behalf of the Wolesi Jirga (parliamentâ„¢s lower house) request the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to introduce another individual to the parliament for a vote of confidence.”

Lawmakers voted 136 to 60 for the removal of Patang, who took office last year.

It is not clear whether President Hamid Karzai would accept the dismissal, as his administration tries to strengthen stability ahead of the countryâ„¢s presidential elections and the pullout of US-led foreign forces next year.

In August 2012, the Afghan parliament sacked then-interior minister, Bismillah Mohammadi, over allegations of failing to stop Taliban attacks and cross-border shelling from Pakistan.

Last month, Afghan security forces formally took over responsibility for nationwide stability, including border security, from the US-led foreign troops.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV