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Rahgozar Replaces Atta Noor As Balkh Governor: Source

(Last Updated On: March 13, 2018)

A senior member of Jamiat-e Islami party, Ishaq Rahgozar has been appointed as the new governor for the northern Balkh province, a government source confirmed to Ariananews Tuesday.

“Recently, the Presidential Palace has agreed on appointment of Ishaq Rahgozar for the governor of Balkh seat and the nomination of Farhad Azimi and Mirwais Balkhi for the Ministry of Education position,” the source said.

Munir Ahmad, the spokesman of Noor also said that ARG and Jamiat will reach an agreement to solve the differences in the near future.

“We have discussed on different issues and hope to reach an agreement in the nearest time,” Munir Ahmad said.

However, the introduced governor of Balkh by the government, Engineer Dawood who are now in Kabul said that the government leaders have assured him to be the official governor of Balkh.

The news comes after Abdullah Abdullah, NUG’s Chief Executive said yesterday, March 12, that the tensions between Atta Mohammad Noor and Government will be resolved until last days of current solar year.

Noor was ousted from his longtime post few months ago after President Ghani signed his resignation and appointed Engineer Mohammad Dawood, another member of Jamiat Party, as new governor of Balkh province.

The decision and president’s decree was immediately refused by Mr. Atta Noor and further warned that no one including President Ghani can remove him from Balkh leadership.

Since then, Mr. Noor repeatedly insisted on his stance against the decision and said that he will remain as Balkh governor until Jamiat Party and the presidential palace reach an agreement.

Several meetings were made between Jamiat Party and the government over the issue in Kabul which mostly ended with no results.

A delegation from government consisting Masoom Istanikzai, Chief of National Directorate of Security and Salaam Rahimi, Chief of President’s Administrative Office, traveled  to Balkh province to solve the issue.

The talks have reportedly led to positive results and have reduced tension between both parties.

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