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Noor absent in office for four days: Provincial official

AT-KABUL: An official in Balkh province has said that the ousted provincial governor Atta Noor had not been to his office for four consecutive days.

Noor was ousted by President Ghani three months ago by approving his resignation that Noor declared as invalid. He defied Ghani’s order and threatened to launch a vast protest if he was forced to leave the office.

Afzal Hadid, head of provincial council and a close aide to Noor has also said that the former governor is rarely meeting people.

He added that Noor met a delegation from president and offered his suggestions, but it was not clear if the two sides reached an agreement.

“Noor used to mostly meet people to assess their problems, but he is not in his office for four days and has limited meeting people as well,” Hadid said.

This comes apparently after that Masoom Stanakzai, chief of intelligence agency and Salam Rahimi, presidential office chief of staff met him in Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital.

Dawa Khan Minapal, presidential deputy spokesman, said the negotiations between Noor and government delegation would “hopefully” lead to an agreement.

Political experts say that Noor’s limitation of public appearance demonstrate that he has accepted the government’s decision regarding his ousting.

“Noor is believed to have reached an understanding with Stanakzai and Rahimi, but the Jamiat party is authorized to take final decision,” Ahmad Saeedi, a political analyst said.

Noor is a senior member of the Jamiat party and has influence in the northern province of Balkh.

Neither the government nor Noor have commented on their meetings.

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