Ayaz Gul VOA News February 25, 2018 ISLAMABAD — U.S.-led diplomatic efforts appear to have persuaded ousted Afghanistan provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor to postpone this week’s planned anti-government demonstration. Noor governed the northern Afghan province of Balkh for 13 years until he was removed from office in December by President Ashraf Ghani. But he refused
Tolo News: Sadat tribal elders on Tuesday refused to apply for the new Electronic National Identity Card (e-NIC) and said they would boycott the system until government addresses their concerns about the exclusion of some ethnicities, including Sadats, into the e-NIC database. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV: Few days ago, the central government replaced Abdul Karim Khadam, a senior member of Jamiat-i-Islami, with Abdul Latif Ibrahimi as the governor of the northern Samangan province. The move was, however, rejected by Kadam and Jamiat-i-Islami leadership. The party and the government reached agreement over the issue and the new governor will take office
Ayaz Gul VOA News February 18, 2018 ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s political crisis deepened Sunday when a second provincial governor defied a presidential order for his removal. On Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani’s office approved and announced the appointment of new heads for five provinces, including Samangan in the north, as part of efforts to improve local Afghan
1TV: Senior government officials including President Ghani, his deputy Sarwar Danish and National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and some ministers have undergone biometric procedure for the new cards over the last couple of days. It comes despite dispute over inclusion of the term “Afghan” as nationality on the cards. A presidential decree calls for inclusion of
Tolo News: US State Department has said the decision to launch a mass protest by the ousted Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor in 15 provinces is an internal issue of Afghanistan and that it should be dealt in Afghanistan by Afghan officials. Government and Jamiat have held more than 10 rounds of talks since the beginning
The Washington Post: He has long been dismissed by critics as a cranky, embittered has-been, given to provocative rants against the American government whose might and money sustained his government for years — and whose relationship with him eventually soured into a recrimination-filled frost. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: In his routine daily speech to the people, Atta Mohammad Noor, the ousted governor of Balkh, called [the] government an inactive and treacherous administration and argued that poverty and insecurity had increased due to the lack of leadership. He criticized government for President Ashraf Ghani’s recent move to pension off army generals and said
Tolo News: The Presidential Palace has said the aim of this is to bring reforms and to make way for younger officers to move up the ranks. Senate defense commission head Hashim Alokozay however said the move to pension off experienced military personnel comes at a bad time, given the fragility of the security situation in
BBC News: Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are deciding whether to authorise an official war crimes inquiry into events in Afghanistan. They are due to begin examining written submissions from victims in Afghanistan about whom and what any potential investigation should focus on. The BBC has learnt that one of the most high-ranking officials to