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Noor’s remarks on VP post irk Dostum

By Mansoor Faizy-KABUL: The First Vice President, General Abdul Rashid Dostum has angrily reacted to the Balkh provincial caretaker governor Ata Mohammad Noor’s remarks, saying that the remarks have seriously harmed the Turkmen community of Afghanistan.

In a statement issued by the First Vice President’s Office, said that Noor in an interview with the BBC spoke as if he received some offers from Presidential Palace for the position of First Vice President.

The statement called Noor’s remarks “ridiculous and also a reflection of his political immaturity” as well as some others’ who have recently started to act against their own party (Jamiat-e-Islami), and (Junbish-e-Millie Party) and especially against the First Vice President.

“People are well aware that Noor after losing his black money and illegal revenues was forced to come closer to the Presidential Palace and even start targeting Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah,” the statement added.

The statement claimed that Noor would not think about anything beyond its personal interests.

“His (Noor) claims against Abdullah also imply that he repeats the same things that others teach him,” the statement said, adding that the First Vice President’s Office gives no heed to suggestion given to the Noor for the first vice position.

“We don’t give attention to the offer as the vice president because this bite is much larger than the mouth of Atta Mohammad Noor and his supporters,” the statement said, referring to the first vice president position to Noor.

The latest upheavals could not change the stance of the Turkmen community of Afghanistan to follow the failed assassination attempt against First Vice President, the statement said.

The statement also pointed towards other conspiracies against General Dostum, including the issue of Ahmad Ischi.

In an interview with the BBC, Ata Mohammad Noor has claimed that he received recommendation to replace Dostum as First Vice President.

“Officials in the government have proposed me the position of First Vice President, but I rejected,” Noor said.

But, however, Noor said that if allegations against General Dostum come true, the First Vice President must resign from his position honorably. He also said that another Uzbek-Afghan should step into Dostum’s shoes as vice president.

His remarks occurred as he had earlier said that he was no more counting on Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. He said that Abdullah had performed weak in the past two and half years and that is why he wanted to have direct talks with the President Ashraf Ghani.

However, Presidential Palace rejected any offers to Noor as successor of Dostum.

“No one from Arg has communicated VP position with any individual/entity – something you don’t see in entire interview of Mr. Noor with BBC,” Haroon Chakhansuri, the spokesperson to the President twitted.

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