Gen. Mohammad Afzal LudinPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has nominated Gen. Mohammad Afzal Ludin as the Afghan Defense Minister.

Informed sources within the Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed the nomination of Gen. Ludin as Defense Minister.

The Presidential Palace media office also issued a statement confirming the nomination of Gen. Ludin as the Minister of Defense, describing him as a professional military cadre who has served in different posts with the Ministry of Defense during the past years.

The statement further added that Gen. Ludin was serving as military adviser in National Security Council office before he was nominated for the post.

The defense minister-designate was missing among the nominees announced by the government of national unity last month.

The new cabinet picks included, Abdul Bari Jahani as Information and Culture Minister, Asadullah Zamir as Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock Minister, Mohammad Gulab Mangal as Borders and Tribal Affairs Minister, Eng. Mahmood Baligh as Public Works Minister.

Abdul SAtar Murad as Economy Minister, Dr. Mohammadullah Batash as Transport and Aviation Minister, Sadat Mansoor Naderi as Urban Development Affairs Minister, Dr. Abdul Basir Anwar as Justice Minister, Abdul Razaq Wahidi as Information and Telecommunication Minister.

Dilbar Nazari as Women’s Affairs Minister, Salat Azimi as Counter-narcotics Minister, Farida Momand as Higher Education Minister, Nasrin Oryakhel as Labor, Social Affairs, Martys and Disabled Minister, Ali Ahmad Osmani as Water and Energy Minister, Humayun Rasa as Trade and Commerce Minister, and Asadullah Hanif Balkhi as Education Minister.

The government of national unity introduced 18 cabinet nominees to the Lower House of Parliament in the month of January this year where nine nominees including director general of the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) obtained vote confidence and 10 others were rejected.

Eklil Hakimi, Ferozuddin Feroz, Noor-ul-Haq Ulomi, Salahuddin Rabbani, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, Daud Shah Saba, Nasir Durrani and Faiz Mohammad Osmani were among the ministerial nominees who received vote of confidence.