The dismissal of Ahmad Zia Massoud, former special envoy of President Ashraf Ghani on reforms and good governance, without a ‘logical reason’ would have implications on the political front, said Bashir Ahmad Tayyanj, spokesman for the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan also known as Junbish-e-Milli Afghanistan, which is run by First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum.
“This will not help to improve stability in Afghanistan and instead it will lead to the emergence of new conflicts in the country,” Tayyanj told TOLOnews on Tuesday.
Massoud, who was sacked from his position on Monday, said at a gathering on Tuesday that the move could pave the way for political instability in the country.
“The president does not have the right to sack me from my post, because the government was formed based on certain agreements. Such a move, whether it is taken by the president or anyone else, will pave the ground for political instability and even for an escalating civil war [in Afghanistan],” Massoud said.
“Reshuffling and appointments in the government institutions, either in lower or higher levels, is a normal process. I do not think that this will lead to a major controversy. These are the individuals who think that the world will change if they do not remain,” university lecturer Faizullah Jalal said.
Meanwhile, a number of members of the Meshrano Jirga, the Upper House of Parliament, on Tuesday criticized the move by the president and called for ‘clarification’ on the issue.
“One day they come together and create a coalition based on which they outline their personal interests; while another day, when things are not moving forward according to their demands, they try to harm each other,” said Mohammad Rahim Hassanyar, a senator from Ghazni.
“I want to ask the president what responsibilities did he assign to Ahmad Zia Massoud and how much authority did he give him [Massoud] that he failed to accomplish? This must be clarified,” said Faisal Sami, a senator from Baghlan.
President Ashraf Ghani fired Massoud on Monday night, without giving any details.