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Noor’s tirade deepens cracks in Jamiat-i-Islami

Noor’s tirade deepens cracks in Jamiat-i-Islami

Dec 24, 2017 - 17:25

KABUL (Pajhwok): Cracks deepened on Sunday in the Jamiat-i-Islami party as some key leaders of the party differed over Atta Mohammad Noor’s tirade against Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

Noor, the former governor of northern Balkh province and head of the Jamiat-i-Islami party, on Saturday lashed out at President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah.

Noor said his resignation as governor of Balkh province was accepted by the president without meeting his demands and called Abdullah “a snake up in our own sleeves.”

In a Tweet, Amarullah Saleh, former spymaster, said he strongly supported Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah during the 2014 presidential election for reasons which “are still there.”

Saleh, who remained head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), tweeted that he supported Abdullah in 2014 election “for reasons of history, shared political views and solid attachment to the soil.”

He said they supported the CEO for his ability to connect with people at grassroots and represent anti-Talban and terror interest. “Those reasons are there. We are with him.”

He alleged certain rivals from the competing team, in close collusion with former president Hamid Karzai government, turned to fraud in the 2014 election which ended without clear conclusion.

He said the creation of the national unity government was based on an agreement between the two rival camps in the election as the only solution to save the country.

Saleh wrote the general understanding within the country and the international community was that the unity government must complete its legal period and during this period, no party could deny the role of the other party.

He said the government had been trying to undermine the executive branch since its establishment, ignoring the fact that undermining the structure undermines the legitimacy of the government and reduces its effectiveness under these critical conditions

Meanwhile, Adib Fahim, the son of former vice president Qasim Fahim, said Abdullah was the leader mujahideen and represented millions of compatriots in the government.

Abdullah was scheduled to respond today to the statements of Atta Mohammad Noor, but was postponed indefinitely.

On the other hand, Ismail Khan, a former minister and member of the Jamiat party, expressed his support for Noor.