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Gov’ts Silence Over Atta Noor’s Recent Remarks Rises Questions

(Last Updated On: August 28, 2017)

Government’s silence over Balkh’s Governor, Atta Mohammad Noor’s recent remarks has rised questions.

Some political analysts believe the power split between National Unity Government (NUG) leaders is the reason for the ongoing tensions between Afghan politicians.

However, some parliamentarians say Atta Mohammad Noor should face legal actions because of his “extralegal” acts against national figures and government officials.

On Sunday, while addressing guests at an event of “Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan” in Samangan Noor said no group or individual could pull him out of power. He stressed 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.

He 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: “It’s clear to everyone you were a puppet.”  Noor even went on to call Hekmatyar “Butcher of Kabul”.

Following Noor remarks, the Presidential Palace and Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) kept silent.

“They [NUG Leaders] have not to reach to an agreement on the issue of power-sharing, and it caused the government officials to deliver harsh words toward each other,” said an Afghan jurist, Tahir Hashimi.

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, however, considered Atta Mohammad Noor comments’ “extralegal”

“Nobody is above law, these remarks are contrary to national interest,” said Nazir Ahmad Ahmadzai.

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