Atta Mohammad Noor, the governor of northern Balkh province on Tuesday apologized to the Afghan people and his mainstream political allies for supporting CEO Abdullah Abdullah during 2014 presidential elections.
In a rare change of tone, Noor made the remarks at a gathering marking the 3rd anniversary of the death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.
“I offer my apology to all those families who made sacrifices during the elections. We also apologize to our political allies for failing to acknowledge their legitimate rights,” said Noor.
Noor accused Abdullah of political cowardice that deterred him from defending the rights of people. He announced an end to his political cooperation and partnership with the CEO.
“After two years and a few months, we separated him from the decision making within the party. We categorically told him that he cannot cope with the responsibilities of what the nation wants him to carry on his shoulders. We moved his responsibilities to other capable people, because he (the CEO) did not have the ability to perform his duties,” added Noor.
“It is better to separate our political ways now as you (CEO) cannot command the support of millions. We then say good-bye to you,” Noor said.
He said that he will stand against those who make deals by sacrificing the rights of the people and will not allow certain elements to play with the future of the people.
The gathering was also addressed by some high-level army and local officials where they celebrated Marshal Fahim’s works.
“He was a faithful and devoted man. If the nation selects his way, then our nation cannot be taken as a hostage,” said Rajab Ali Rashid, deputy commander of 209 Shaheen Army Corps.
“He hoisted the flag of Afghanistan with courage and determination,” said Mohammad Afzal Hadid, head of Balkh provincial council.
Noor pledged to inform the nation about the outcomes of his talks with president Ashraf Ghani in initial weeks of New Year.