The signature of Atta Mohammad Noor, the ousted governor of Balkh, is still credible in all government offices in the northern province despite a recent announcement by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance in this respect.
The Independent Directorate of Local Governance recently announced that Atta Mohammad Noor’s signature is not credible anymore. The authority said Noor’s resignation has been approved by the president and that he is not governor of the province anymore.
“I am governor (of Balkh) and my order works here. No ministry can dare to create problem for me here. And if they do so, then the ministry's order will not be credible here (in Balkh province),” Noor said in reaction to the local governance authority’s remarks at least two weeks ago.
Before the presidential announcement on the approval of Noor’s resignation as Balkh governor, he had assign part of his authorities to his deputy and he was rarely seen in his office. However, following President Ghani’s decision to remove him from the post last year in December, Noor goes to his office every day and carries all administrative affairs.
Mawlooduddin, head of Marmal district’s development council, said he brings letters and requests to Noor on a daily basis and that Atta Mohammad Noor assigns the relevant offices to address people’s demands.
“Some of our villages do not have electricity. We came to the governor and he has reffered our request to Breshna (Company's) office,” he said.
Burhanuddin, a resident of Chahar Bolak district in Balkh province, said he brought a letter to remove manager of a school in their district and that they need Noor’s signature for that.
“Any issues that exist in the center (Kabul), it belongs to them. In here, we work under the authority of Balkh governor and we work in line with Atta Mohammad Noor's orders,” Mohammad Humayun Nabizada, acting director of Balkh Education Department, said.
The tension between President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammad Noor continues for the past 40 days.
President Ghani has introduced Mohammad Dawood as new Balkh governor instead of Noor, but he has not started his work officially due to the ongoing rift between Ghani and Noor.