KABUL (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday appointed as senior adviser Abdul Rahim Wardak, the defence minister thrown out of parliament for alleged security failures, in a move likely to be welcomed by Kabul’s Western allies. Wardak and interior minister Besmillah Mohammadi were dismissed by parliament earlier this month for what MPs said was their failure to stop resurgence in the 10-year Taliban insurgency and cross-border shelling from Pakistan. Karzai had allowed the pair to continue serving in an acting capacity, but Wardak resigned a few days later.