Former governor of northern Balkh province Atta Mohammad Noor on Sunday said that the new Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan will be officially launched in Kabul in the near future.
Noor said the alliance was a party-based coalition established in cooperation with prominent political figures in Afghanistan.
If the coalition is not included in matters involving transparent elections, then the alliance will propose the establishment of a two-year interim government, said Noor, who also serves as chief executive of Afghanistan’s mainstream political party Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan.
He said that Jamiat has contributed effectively towards strengthening and reforming the political system in the country and that Jamiat will play an important role in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections.
In answer to a question on a rumored travel ban against him, Noor said: “Whenever I travel abroad, rumors surface that I have been slapped with a travel ban; you should remember that I have not done anything wrong to incur a travel ban.”
He said that such rumors are fabricated by his political opponents.
Reports indicate that security threats and the ratio of criminal cases have significantly increased in Balkh province following Noor’s controversial departure as governor earlier this year.
“We hope that he shares his 14 years of experience to improve security,” said Afzal Hadid, head of Balkh provincial council.
Noor has called on the Afghan security forces to retaliate with full force against any hostile move by insurgents in the province.
In July 2017, Noor announced the formation of a coalition known as the Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan.
The alliance had been formed by General Abdul Rashid Dostum, the First Vice President and head of Junbish-e-Milli party; the CEO’s second deputy and head of Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami party, Mohammad Mohaqeq; and Noor along with acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
Early this year, Noor was embroiled in controversy after he resigned as Balkh governor – a move President Ashraf Ghani accepted.
However, Noor refused to step down until certain demands were met – including one calling for the 2014 political agreement on the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG) to be implemented.
Among other conditions, Noor called for the roll out of the Electronic National Identify Cards (e-NIC) in accordance with the law, that political parties be given a role in elections and that necessary amendments were brought to the Afghan constitution.
Noor eventually agreed to step down after three months of tension.