The talks to find a settlement to the ongoing rift between members of Mohammad Haneef Atmar’s team have not yielded a positive outcome, sources from the election campaign told TOLOnews on Sunday.
Earlier this week, the political office of Atta Mohammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami party, who joined Atmar’s campaign team, confirmed reports of differences within the campaign and said the disagreements broke out after Mr. Atmar backtracked from his original position on the post of premiership.
Even direct meetings between Mr. Atmar, Mohammad Younus Qanooni and Atta Mohammad are not taking place now, the source said.
According to Mr. Noor’s aides, Mr. Atmar had committed in a written document to create the post of prime minister once he wins the presidential elections. However, now he is not prepared to announce it clearly during his election campaign.
“The team was designed in a way that alongside two deputies, Ustad Atta will be appointed as the prime minister and the team had also committed to amend the Constitution of Afghanistan and change the system to the semi-centralized. But now, Mr. Atmar is not willing to announce it and this indicates that he [Atmar] could have a different vision about it,” said Abdul Haq Aryanfar, member of Jamiat-e-Islami leadership council.
“The details which are shared in media have no base. There are discussions within the team about the disputing points and it is hoped that these talks reach a conclusion. Such debates have no impact on our campaign,” Mr. Atmar’s spokesman Qader Shah said.
Meanwhile, Hizb-e-Harakat-e-Azad Islami which is led by Sayed Mohammad Ali Jawed has announced that the party has decided to split from Mr. Atmar’s campaign after it carried out some assessments of the situation.
The party argues that the ongoing crisis with the campaign has affected the credibility of the team in the public perspective.