The first Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum on Monday accused President Ashraf Ghani of nepotism and said people from the president's ethnic group are important to him, but those from his province are even more important.
After attending a military operation in Jawzjan, Dostum criticized the National Unity Government leaders and labeled the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah incapable.
"Mr. Abdullah [Abdullah] is [ethnically] a Tajik, but he is incapable and does not have a good name among the people. If you speak Pashto with President [Ashraf Ghani], you will be a good person, and if you speak Pashto and you are from Logar [province], then you are very good," he said.
Meanwhile, Ghani's special envoy for reform and good governance, Ahmad Zia Massoud, at a gathering in Panjshir province accused government of nepotism and politicizing the state organizations.
"What benefit will come out of me using my position in government to appoint all Tajiks into various positions? This in itself will create a bad reaction. And what benefit will come out of a Pashtoon brother who is the head of state and brings in all Pashtoons into all important positions? Nothing good will come out of this, and other ethnicities will react badly," he said.
Massoud stated that he is concerned about a possible increase in activity by Taliban and Daesh militants in the upcoming spring season.
He called on jihadi leaders to be prepared to defend the country alongside the Afghan security forces.