Amid rising political tensions and controversies surrounding the Balkh political leadership, the chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor challenged the unity government leaders, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah during the upcoming Presidential Elections, scheduled for 2019.

Speaking among his supporters in northern Balkh province, Noor said he will not allow the unity government leaders to achieve victory during the upcoming elections, only if he remained alive.

Noor also issued fresh threats to the unity government leaders, apparently regarding the persistent political stalemate.

He said he and his party will adopt a further hardliner policy against the government and claimed that the nation has became further frustrated and tired of the current system in power.

This comes as a deadlock still persist between Noor and the government over the controversies surrounding his dismissal from the Balkh government.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, announced nearly a month ago that President Ghani has approved the resignation of the Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor.

Noor admits had submitted his resignation as a guarantee to the government that he will step down if the demands of Jamiat-e-Islami are met by the government.

However, he says the government has approved his resignation as negotiations were underway insisting that none of the conditions and demands of the party have been met.

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