President Ghani Chairs Meeting of National Security Council

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, chaired the regular meeting of National Security Council (NSC).

First, the National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar presented the meeting with the list of security priorities and the relevant measures to be put in place by the Afghan security institutions.

The NSC meeting approved the list and tasked the relevant authorities to regularly report back to the NSC on progress, and update the list on regular basis.

The Deputy NSC Mohammad Ibrahim Qasemi shared with the meeting the alternative plan worked out to replace the current security plan for the VIP commuting routes. The meeting decided that routes should not be restricted for use by government officials, but for exceptional circumstances. The meeting also called on government officials to observing the traffic rules.

The meeting also heard a briefing by Enayatullah Qasemi the Advisor to the office of NSC on a program to eliminate torture.

Approving this program, the meeting stressed that torture is never justifiable and asked all state institutions to take all possible measures in implementing torture eradication program.

Elsewhere in the meeting, the casualty reduction policy for security forces was presented by Deputy NSC which was also approved. The meeting called upon all security institutions to commit all resources in turning this policy into a plan of action and report to NSC on the relevant progress.

The Ministries of Defense and the Interior were also instructed to implement all required reforms in their recruitment system and ensure optimal care to their soldiers.

In conclusion, the security situation across the country was discussed, and the security institutions got necessary instructions on ways to improve security in the country.