Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor has warned government against using a “military option” to oust him.
This comes after some sources on Monday said government might use a military option to get rid of Noor as governor.
Noor however, on Tuesday warned government that he will respond to force with force.
Noor said while speaking among his supporters in Mazar-e-Sharif city that government should never use a military option, otherwise the security forces will be divided and will break down.
“Don’t use military, because 70 up to 80 percent of them won’t fight me. The forces will get divided and will break down. They won’t fight their Noor,” he said.
On the subject of Jamiat-e-Islami party and presidential palace’s talks, Noor said the talks have not ended and they will eventually reach an agreement.
Noor rejected reports that stated the talks have reached a deadlock and said discussions would be held until an agreement is reached.
“The meetings will continue, and they will finally reach an agreement. In no meetings the demands of both sides will become fulfilled, then both sides will show flexibility and finally they will reach a result,” Noor added.
Noor’s latest remarks comes after the third round of meetings between Jamiat-e-Islami party and government amounted to nothing.
The first round of talks started last week, and the third round was held on Sunday. Some sources said the meetings did not lead the sides to an agreement.
The negotiations were stopped for a few days, but restarted on Tuesday, but no information has been shared about the outcome of this meeting.
Meanwhile, a delegation of four members from Jamiat-e-Islami party on Monday night went to Balkh and after a lengthy meeting with Noor, returned to Kabul on Tuesday morning.
“This political stalemate should be broken through political talks and an agreement,” Afzal Hadeed, head of northern Balkh provincial council said.
A number of senators meanwhile said the tension between the presidential palace and Noor should be resolved through talks and the law should be implemented.