Analysts: Defiance of Noor, Raziq discrediting government

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:34 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 75 times

Insubordination from local officials discredits the sovereignty and legitimacy of the central government. Referring to the statements of the fired governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, and Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq, analysts believe weak government leadership has paved the way for such acts of disobedience and unruliness. 

 

Some opposition leaders, however, blame the recalcitrance on certain government deals that, when end up in failure, often lead to the rebellion of local officials.

Approximately three weeks ago, President Ghani approved the dateless resignation of Noor as Balkh governor, but Noor opposed the decision, insisting that no one could dismiss him. 

In the midst of the standoff between the National Unity Government and Noor, Gen. Abdul Raziq, the powerful police chief for southern Kandahar province, said the current government had no legitimacy and therefore could not remove him from his post. 

Asadullah Ezat, a political expert, says voices of dissent are on the rise as the government is weakening with each passing day. “If the government had been strong, its officials would have not rebelled against its decisions. The continuity of the situation further disappoints Afghan people.”

Calling on the government to follow through and enforce its decision on Balkh governor, Ezat said: “Leaving the issue undecided undermines government credibility among people, increases acts of disobedience, depreciates the slogan of rule of law, and harms security and economy.”

The statements of Atta Mohammad Noor and Gen. Raziq are the upshot of the deals the government was trying to make, Wahidullah Ghazi, the spokesperson of New National Front (NNF), an opposition group, said. “The government was trying to strike a deal with them, but when it failed, they started to speak out against the government.” The weakness of government allowed such dissent to augment, Ghazi uttered, underlying the need for bringing fundamental changes in the government. 

Waqifullah Rohani, a member of Kabul Provincial Council, said if the government did not respond to Noor’s insolent remarks, acts of insubordination would grow. 

Rohani told The Heart of Asia: “One day Atta Mohammad Noor challenged government’s decision, then a civil order police commander announced his support for him, and now Gen. Raziq says no one can sack him. These all mean the government is weakening.”

According to him, the outcome of government’s weakness is “the dawn of feudalism, in which foreign hands may be involved,” adding that Americans and its allies neither favored a strong government nor wished the fall of the government in Afghanistan; they rather wanted a fragile administration like the National Unity Government. 

If foreigners really backed Afghan government, including in Atta Mohammad Noor’s dismissal, the issue could be solved within few days, he believed. 

The Ministry of Interior has said legal actions would be taken against Kandahar police chief, but it did not provide more details about the nature and time of the steps. This comes as President Ghani said on Saturday that no power would stand out against national goals, insisting the time of feudalism has passed.