Hanif AtmarAccording to reports, the former interior minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar has been appointed as the national security adviser by President Ghani.

Atmar served as interior minister until 2010 and stepped down from his position along with the former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh following an attack by Taliban militants on peace jirga.

Around 1,600 national leaders had participated in the jirga when it came under the Taliban attack.

There are also reports that Dr. Ghani has appointed Salam Rahimi as chief of staff of the presidential office.

Dr. Ghani took oath of the office during the presidential inauguration on Monday which marked the first peaceful transfer of power in the history of Afghanistan.