'Dostum-Noor alliance to improve security in north’
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government on Wednesday welcomed the reconciliation and alliance between First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum and Acting Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor, saying the move would help improve security in northern Afghanistan.
However, some Wolesi Jirga members expressed doubts over the alliance between the two rivals and warned it might produce grave consequences in future.
After a series of incidents of violence in the north, Dostum, also head of the Junbish-i-Islami political party and Noor, also the executive head of Jamiat-i-Islami political party, had resolved their differences through mediation of tribal elders and forged an alliance to fight the Taliban, their common enemy in the restive north.
Dostum said he had a roadmap for strengthening security in the north and eliminating anti-state actors. He asked the National Security Council (NSC) to allow him to implement his strategy.
The VP said the time had come to get united against the enemy of peace and stability, adding that he and Noor had passed through difficult times together and similar situations had arrived again that required their mutual efforts.
Javed Faisal, a spokesman for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the alliance between Dostum and Noor would leave a positive impact on the security situation in the north.
He said the two leaders as part of the government had full responsibility to play their role in strengthening the country’s security.
He insisted the alliance would not undermine the abilities and capabilities of Afghan armed forces rather it would encourage the public to help security forces.
But Shahzada Shahid, a lawmaker from northern Kunduz province, said currently there was a system in place and a legal government functioning in Afghanistan and people, tribal elders, former jihadi commanders and ulema should support the government in eliminating terrorism and extremism.
“I don’t oppose the alliance but such alliances should operate in coordination with security forces.”
Another lawmaker Nahid Farid said the alliance between the two former generals might prove effective because both the leaders were fully aware of the ground realities in the north.
She, however, said the two leaders should not forget that Afghanistan had a government and everything should happen under observation of the elected leaders.
She said the incumbent government should resign if it lacked the ability to fight terrorists and ensure peace and stability.
Daud Kalakani, a lawmaker from Kabul, also welcomed the alliance between Dostum and Noor and hoped it would help improve the security situation in the north.
But MP Gul Badshah Majidi from Paktia province warned the alliance should not work in form of a militia because militias had no positive roles in Afghanistan’s history.
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