Rash presidential actions hurting state prestige

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:01 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 131 times

President Ashraf Ghani takes actions mostly in short-sightedness of their consequences, which seriously blemish not only his own reputation but also of the whole state. His decision to dismiss Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor is the recent example of his incautious actions. Noor still serves as the governor of Balkh even a month after he was sacked. Although the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) persits that Noor’s signature no longer carries validity, his reaction to government statements was far more serious.  He said if government employees in Balkh did not receive their salaries due to the invalidity of his signature, he would pay them from the revenue collected from the Hairatan port. Following Noor’s threats, it becomes hard for people to trust  the power and rule of the central government and over 350,000 security forces. If the government cannot fire a provincial governor, on what basis it claims it can protect the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the country.


Beside other sides, President Ghani has to shoulder the blame for Noor’s case more than anyone else. Prior to approving Noor’s resignation, President Ghani should have looked at the fallouts of his decision, and his ascendency. If he thought he did not have the ability to fire Noor, then why he did so, which has yielded nothing but the mockery of the rule of the entire dispensation. If the president had received a pledge of support from someone on behalf of Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan party to which Noor is affiliated, or if foreigners, especially Americans had promised to support him in this ignominious gamble, he must share the details with the nation a month after his move before the rule of law is further ridiculed. Or if he has made the decision without assessing its ramifications and his power, he has to be held accountable for his actions. 

Noor’s case has dealt a severe blow to the prestige of both the National Unity Government and the state, and the credibility of Afghan security forces as the only hope the country will have a bright future. As the commander-in-chief of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the president of the country, Ghani should exert his constitutional powers to stop the insubordination of government officials becoming a wrong practice in the future. The enforcement of the decision on Noor’s dismissal is a litmus test of self-esteem for the state, more particularly for the president, which certainly requires divisiveness to make it really happen.


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