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President Ghani OKs retirement of 164 ANA generals

President Ghani OKs retirement of 164 ANA generals

Feb 04, 2018 - 17:23

KABUL (Pajhwok): In line with a reform plan, President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday decreed the retirement of more than 160 Afghan National Army (ANA) generals.

“Putting our new military officers’ inherent law to practice, I just signed the retirement of 164 generals,” Ghani tweeted, promising steps to bolster the defence sector.

“We want reforms to win the war and peace. We don’t want reforms just for the sake of reforms. This process will continue for our brighter future,” he wrote.

Some of generals and officers are said to have links with political figures and groups, prompting government leaders to arrive at an agreement on retiring the ANA officers.

In November last year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman had announced finalising the outline of the retirement plan for Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF) generals, colonels and other high-ranking military officers.

Under the plan, Dawlat Waziri had then said around 2,000 high-ranking officers would be retired in three phases over the next two years.