Afghanistan votes in new spy chief

September 15, 2012 13:50

KABUL - The Afghan parliament on Saturday voted in Asadullah Khalid as the country's new head of the intelligence agency, known as the NDS, stepping closer to settling a row with President Hamid Karzai over ministerial appointments.

The nomination of the influential former Kandahar governor has alarmed human rights groups who say the NDS has a long and well-documented history of torturing its detainees. Khalid has been linked to abuse at a prison in Kandahar.

Khalid is an ethnic Pashtun with strong connections in Afghanistan's south, from where the Taliban draw most support.

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