According to a statement by the Office of the President, General Abdullah has been assigned for the post of acting minister of defense.
The statement further added that Stanikzai will also serve as Ministerial Adviser to President Ghani.
Abdullah Khan was previously serving as the Chief of Staff in Afghan National Army Chief of Staff office before he was assigned as acting minister of defense.
Masoom Stanikzai was the last nominee for the Ministry of Defense who was rejected by the Afghan lawmakers following his introduction to the parliament house.
The National Directorate of Security, the key intelligence agency of the country got an acting chief following the resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil last year.