Following the establishment of the National Unity Government two years ago, under President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, relations between the president and acting Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor have run hot and cold.
However, over the past few weeks, the relations between the two appeared to have improved. Reports surfaced in the media recently that Ghani and Noor have been engaged in negotiations to end their political differences and start a new era of cooperation.
Speculation however indicated that some Jamiat leaders have disagreed over what Noor is doing from the party’s platform.
A number of close aides to Noor have said Jamiat-Islami Party decided on a face-to-face discussion with Ghani after the CEO failed to promote the party’s presence in government.
“When the chief executive failed to certify the presence of Jamiat-e-Islami Party in the system so that it can have a powerful status in government, Jamiat’s leadership decided to tell Atta Mohammad Noor to start negotiations with the president in order to come out of the deadlock. The negotiations are ongoing; however, the talks are progressing slowly because of disagreements between the party members over these discussions,” Noor’s close aide Farhad Azimi said.
According to Noor’s aides, Mohammad Ismail Khan, former governor of Herat and Ahmad Zia Massoud, Ghani’s special envoy for reforms and good governance were not in favor of the current discussions between Noor and Ghani from the Jamiat platform.
However, neither Massoud nor Khan have reportedly discussed the issue.
“Jamiat-e-Islami Party has always taken initiatives. There is freedom of speech within Jamiat members and it does not mean fragmentation between its members. Let’s see what comes out of these negotiations. A final decision will be taken then,” said Abdul Hafiz Mansour, an MP.
The CEO’s office has not commented on the issue so far.
However, former NDS chief Amrullah Saleh has quoted Abdullah as saying that “Abdullah has expressed hope that these talks will finally satisfy Noor.”
Prior to this, Abdullah’s top advisor Mohammad Fazil Sancharaki said Noor conducted talks with Ghani over personal issues.