The chief executive of Jamia-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor says the first vice president of Afghanistan General Abdul Rashid Dostum should return to his homeland.

Speaking during a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif city, Noor said Gen. Dostum has the right to return to Afghanistan and assume office as the first vice president of the country.

Noor criticized the government for hatching plots to sideline key and influential political figures from the government.

He said Ahmad Zia Massoud was dismissed from his post despite he played a key role in the elections and completed the ethnic slot in Ashraf Ghani’s electoral team.

A spokesman for Junbish-e-Millie party Kanishka Turkistani had earlier said that the health condition of Gen. Dostum has improved, his medical treatment has concluded along with some other works in Turkey, and he will return to the country soon as there are no barriers available at the moment for his return.

Dostum left the country for Turkey few months earlier amid ongoing controversies regarding his alleged involvement in the sexual abuse of his rival Ahmad Khan Ishchi.

This comes as reports emerged nearly four months ago suggesting that Gen. Dostum was returning to Afghanistan but his plane was diverted and was no allowed to land in Balkh airport.


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