Some tribal elders in Balkh province at a gathering on Saturday called on the National Unity Government leaders to end the rift between Presidential Palace and Atta Mohmmad Noor, the ousted governor of Balkh and CEO of Jamiat-s-Islami Party of Afghanistan.
Atta Mohammad Noor was removed from his post as governor of Balkh last year in December 18. However, he refused to leave the province, saying that he awaits the decision of Jamiat as the party is now in talks with a government delegation.
The event was held in Mazar-e-Sharif City on Saturday where elders came from 14 districts of Balkh.
The elders, who represented different people from across Balkh, said the country will move towards a further crisis if the political tension continues.
“The leaders of the national unity government must pay attention to the fate of the people and the leadership of Balkh province and solve this problem in accordance with the values of democracy and the provisions of the constitution,” said Sayed Abdul Jabar Jamal, a tribal elder and head of the Sadat Social Association.
“The rise value of foreign currencies (Against Afghani), the increase in insecurity in different provinces, the rise in food prices and so on are the results of these (political) issues which have made life difficult for the people,” Jamal added.
Other participants of the gathering meanwhile blamed the government leaders for the increase of Taliban and Daesh presence and insecurity in parts of the country.
“The continuation of this situation is by no means in favor of the country and the people,” said Mukhtar Ahmadi, member of Afghanistan Youth Parliament in Balkh. “The incumbent situation will affect investment, jobs, education, civil activities, freedom of expression and the rights of people.”
This comes as government and Jamiat have so far held five rounds of talks until last week. The talks however have not yielded the required results to end the rift between President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammad Noor.
Last week on Thursday Noor said at an even that he is still waiting for Jamiat-e-Islami Party’s decision regarding his fate but stated he is not afraid of either the president or the CEO Abdullah Abdullah.
Relations between the two have continued to worsen. Thursday was the fifth day of government and Jamiat talks over the Ghani-Noor saga.
Some residents of Balkh on Friday claimed that crime incidents and number of illegal armed men have mounted in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Members of Balkh Provincial Council said the illegal armed men attempt armed robberies and create disorder in the city.
However, Balkh Police Chief Gen. Sayed Kamal Sadat he has assigned all police chiefs in Mazar-e-Sharif City to take action against armed men in the city.