Published July 22, 2013
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan's lawmakers have voted in favor of sacking the interior minister, blaming him for worsening security and especially violence along the main highway south of Kabul.
It's unclear if President Hamid Karzai will accept the parliament's decision. He has ignored such moves in the past.
Lawmakers in the 250-member parliament on Monday voted 163-60 in favor of dismissing Mushtaba Patang.
They said Patang did not do enough to provide security along the Kabul-Kandahar highway, a key route that carries much of the nation's trade.
The interior minister is in charge of Afghanistan's nearly 160,000-strong police and security services.
Since June, Afghans have taken the lead for security around the country as NATO accelerates the withdrawal of its forces ahead of the complete pullout by the end of 2014.