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Atta Noor Says No Individual or Group Can Pull Him Out of Power

(Last Updated On: August 27, 2017)

Balkh’s Governor Atta Mohammad Noor said on Sunday that there is a conspiracy working against him, adding no group or individual could pull him out of power.

Addressing guests at an event of “Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan” in Samangan, Noor warned the government to do not challenge his patient and asked to refrain from hatching conspiracies against him, he was apparently pointing towards the controversial case of Balkh Provincial Council Member Asif Mohmand.

Noor who is also Chief Executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party, said that he is not alike someone who can be hired or dismissed via “official letter. “Do not force us to gather Afghan and foreign Ulema and discuss on the legitimacy of the [government],” he warned.

Noor also lashed out at Hezb-e-Islami leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who recently accused late Mujahideen Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud of having links with Pakistan’s intelligence agency and others of pursuing personal interests.

He said that Hekmatyar has a history of making controversial remarks against Afghan jihadi leaders and political parties during the civil war.

He added that Jamiat-i-Islami was the first party to welcome Hekmatyar back to Afghanistan earlier this year after years of in hiding.

Referring to Hekmatyar as ‘Butcher of Kabul’, Noor even went on to say that Hekmatyar prepared first female suicide attacker in the country.

In part of his speech, Noor also said he will support the U.S. new strategy, if it aims to target the Taliban and Islamic State militant groups in Afghanistan, but “if it is to supply and settle the insurgents” in the country, he will not remain “silent”.

Ahmad Zia Massoud, who was in April dismissed by President Ghani as his senior adviser for reform and good governance, joined Noor in his criticism of the central government.  

Massoud said that the government lacks political legitimacy and it is one of the reason why the insurgency being expanded in Afghanistan.

The Presidential Palace did not comment regarding Noor and Massoud’s remarks; however, a senior member of Hezb-e-Islami, Karim Amin told Ariana News that Atta Mohammad Noor’s comments indicate he is being scared of his recent illegal actions.

By Shakib Mahmud 

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