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Politicians, officials hold anti-govt gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif

Politicians, officials hold anti-govt gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif

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Aug 01, 2017 - 18:57

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Senior government officials on Tuesday joined politicians of the northern zone at a protest gathering against the government in the capital of northern Balkh province.

The political leaders organized the gathering in support of the newly-formed ‘High Council of Coalition for Salvation of Afghanistaninfo-icon’ in Mazar-i-Sharif.

The gathering was attended by Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor, 2nd Deputy CEO Mohammad Mohaqiq, parliament members and followers of the Junbish, Jamiat and Hezb-i-Wahdat parties.

Most of the shops and trade markets remained shut in Mazar-i-Sharif until noon due to the gathering and vehicles were not allowed to ply roads and unlike ordinary days government offices were deserted.

Noor, who is also the chief executive of the Jamait-i-Islami party, as usual started his speech with remarks against the Presidential Palace. “We will continue our battle and will correct the government’s crooked legs.”

He accused the Presidential Palace of concentrating power in few hands and political discrimination. “Now our direction is the Presidential Palace not the CEO's office.”

Noor also accused the National Procurement Commission (NPC) of being indulged in corruption besides calling government security officials as incompetent, seeking their dismissal.

Addressing the International Community, the governor asked it should think about spending money in Afghanistan as the aid should be spent for development and democracy.

Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy CEO, also spoke on the occasion, accusing the international community, the US and EU of interfering in Afghanistan’s internal affairs with regard to 1st VP Gen. Dostum’s case. He said Gen. Dostum should be permitted unconditionally to return to his home country.

Azizullah Karagar read out a message from Gen. Dostum, in which the VP said the new political alliance wasn’t against the system, but to support the system.

A shopkeeper, Mohammad Qaseem, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they had nothing do with politics, but they were yesterday told to shut shops for tomorrow.

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