The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has approved the resignation of Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor.

The Office of the President in a statement said Mr. Noor had resigned from his position as the governor of Balkh province a while ago.

The statement further added that President Ghani has approved his resignation and Engineer Mohammad Daud has been appointed as the new governor of Balkh province.

This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that the Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor is under pressures to resign from his position.

The Jamiat-e-Islami certain sources had said Noor is under pressures of the presidential palace but he has not accepted to step down.

A member of the Jamiat-e-Islami and ex-presidential envoy Ahmad Zia Massoud had earlier warned that the dismissal of Mr. Noor will have a negative impact on the situation of the country.

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