President Ashraf Ghani on Monday officially appointed Wais Ahmad Barmak, the former State Minister for Disaster Management, as the new acting minister of interior.
He will be introduced to parliament for a vote of confidence soon.
Barmak has studied in the fields of development and reconstruction.
According to the president, appointing Barmak to the post is part of the Four Year Security Plan that has been mapped out by government.
Ghani said if the new acting minister does not bring reforms to the ministry, he will not pay over the allotted budget to the ministry.
“If reforms are not made, I will not pay the budget. All those who create problems in bringing reforms in the interior ministry should hear my message clearly,” said Ghani.
The president said some generals in the ministry have received their rank by putting political pressure on the ministry and emphasized that this will no longer happen.
“It is not acceptable that an officer becomes a general within five years by exerting political pressure,” Ghani added.
Meanwhile, the interior ministry nominee urged the president to prevent interference in the affairs of the interior ministry so that he can fight corruption.
Barmak said he will start fighting corruption by reviewing food quality, clothing and weapons for the soldiers.
“Is the food that is on the menu reaching the soldiers? Are their uniforms complete? Are there available bullets and ammunition that Afghanistan police need?” said Barmak.
Meanwhile the former interior minister, Taj Mohammad Jahid, insists on the need to bring reforms to the ministry.
“Police should be professional and accountable to Afghanistan’s people. The police should have counter terrorism abilities, especially in implementing the law,” said Jahid.
In the past 16 years this is the first time that a person without any military background has been nominated as interior minister.
In the Four Year Security Plan, government has shifted the police mission from fighting to maintaining security.
As part of the new plan, the border and public protection police forces will join the army which means the army has to handle the war alone in the country.