Organizers of meeting warn that government will face ‘unexpected consequences’ if the meeting was further delayed.
Kandahar Political Meeting Postponed For Second Time
The political meeting which was supposed to be held in Kandahar on Thursday was postponed for the second time on Friday as some participants of the meeting could not travel to the province due to some certain reasons.
Once the meeting postponed on Thursday and the organizers said it was because of the public holiday and delayed the meeting to Friday.
On Friday, the meeting was delayed as Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s flight to Kandahar was canceled on Thursday evening.
Noor was accompanied by Batur Dostum, son of First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who leads the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan.
The plane was at Balkh airport for one and a half hours before the flight to Kandahar was cancelled.
“This act shows the weakness in government’s foundations and it is an illegal, inhuman and immoral act,” Noor said in a video posted on social media on Thursday evening.
In the meantime, Humayun Humayun, the first deputy of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of Parliament, at a gathering in Kandahar on Friday said government will face unexpected consequences if Noor could not travel to Kandahar to attend the event by Saturday.
“We seriously warn government that if (Atta Mohammad) Noor is not allowed to travel to Kandahar within the next 12 hours, it will be followed by dangerous consequences. This is the death of democracy,” Humayun said.
“Ghani, the second mastermind! It is up to you. You consider it consultation, warning or advice. We want our guest (Atta Mohammad Noor) to be in Kandahar within 12 hours,” said Zahir Qadir, an MP from Nangarhar.
“The tyranny and dictatorship which is ongoing at the Presidential Palace has not changed. Presidential Palace’s monopoly has reached to a degree where it cannot tolerate the calls for justice,” spokesman of the Islamic National Movement of Afghanistan, Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, said.
Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) in a statement on Friday morning said Noor’s flight was canceled due to lack of facilities for night flights and lack of coordination with NATO forces in Kandahar airport.
Meanwhile a source told TOLOnews that Noor will travel to Kandahar on Saturday morning.
Kandahar meeting will be hosted by Kandahar Police Chief General Abdul Raziq.
So far, Rahmatullah Nabil, former head of the National Directorate of Security and Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi, chairman of the New National Front of Afghanistan have arrived at Kandahar to attend the gathering.