Following the end of tension between former governor of Balkh Atta Mohammad Noor and the Presidential Palace, some members of Jamiat-e-Islami, who supported him recently, blamed Noor for ignoring some main demands of the party and making an underhand deal in exchange of a few government seats.
The Jamiat members, some of whom were part of Jamiat’s delegation for negotiations with government, said the issues accepted by Noor are not in the benefit of the people.
One member of Jamiat delegation has said in an interview with Hasht-e-Subh Daily newspaper that they did not hold any meeting with government in the past two months and that they are not responsible for the agreement made between Noor and government.
The Jamiat-e-Islami party has not officially reacted to this agreement so far.
“It was the demand of the people, government and the international community to break the stalemate,” Ferdaws Aryaee, a supporter of Noor,said.
“Unfortunately, (Noor) consulted no one and secretly came up with an agreement with the Presidential Palace by receiving few ministries. People and those working for justice did not expect that Noor will make such a decision,” said Ainuddin Beg, a political affairs analyst.
Sources said no document has been signed between the two sides regarding this agreement but based on Noor’s demand and President Ashraf Ghani’s order, a council of Jihadi leaders and political parties will be formed.
“There might be nothing more than that of two ministries, two embassies, Balkh governor and police chief seats. He (Atta Mohammad Noor)might have been given promises by the Presidential Palace and foreign supporters of government,” Barna Salehi, a close aide to Noor, said.
The government-Noor rift started at least three months ago when President Ghani issued an order to accept Noor’s resignation as Balkh governor.
During this time, Noor said many times that his demands are what most of people in the country want.
“I will defend your rights which are implementation of the National Unity Government’s political agreement, changing the political system to asemi-presidential system, issuance of the electronic national identity cards based on the law approved by president (Ashraf Ghani), maintaining political justice and dozens of other points which have been noted (in the demands list),” Noor said at a gathering last month.
As per the government-Noor agreement, government has been asked to appoint Ishaq Rahgozar as Balkh governor, Major General Mohammad Akram Saame as Balkh Police Chief, Mirwais Balkhi as education minister, Najib Aqa Fahim as state minister for natural disasters managementauthority and Farhad Azimi as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Kazakhstan.
“We will go ahead based on the recent agreement made between the National Unity Government and Jamiat-e-Islami,” Noor said this week.