The minister of interior Wais Ahmad Barmak on Sunday arrived to northern Balkh province amid rising tensions between the Jamiat-e-Islami chief executive Ata Mohammad Noor and the central government over the provincial government leadership.

Noor statement said he discussed the ongoign situation, security of the northenr provinces, particularly the recent upheavals in Balkh, with the minister of interior.

No further details were given regarding the meeting with the ministry of interior and the unity government yet to comment regarding Mr. Barmak’s unannounced visit to Balkh.

This comes as a deadlock still persist between him and the government over the Balkh government leadership.q

The Afghan government announced nearly three weeks ago that the resignation of Ata Mohammad Noor from the Balkh government has been approved by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Noor admitted that he submitted his resignation but he had several demands before stepping down and none of them has been met by the government while his resignation has been approved.

On the other hand, the Independent Directorate of the Local Governance, says the directorate is obliged to implement President Ghani’s decree regarding the Balkh government leadership and efforts are underway to introduce the newly-appointed governor of Balkh Eng. Daud.


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