The vote demanded the dismissal of two of
President Hamid Karzai’s key security lieutenants: Defense Minister
Abdul Rahim Wardak, one of the top Afghan officials most trusted by
Washington, and Interior Minister Bismullah Mohammadi.
faulted the two for what they view as the government’s weak response to
cross-border attacks from Pakistan that they blamed on that country’s
military. The parliamentarians also asked the ministers about
allegations of corruption within their ministries and alleged security
lapses that led to recent assassinations of top officials.
parliament then passed a measure to remove Wardak by a vote of 146 to
72. A separate vote of no confidence on Mohammadi passed 126 to 90. Both
measures need 124 votes to pass.