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Chaotic Situation in the North Can Lead to a Civil War

Faryab province in the north of the country has been in a state of turmoil for a month following the introduction of a new governor. Residents of the province have protested against the nomination of Daud Laghmani as the governor of the province. The movement threatens to spread the protests to other provinces.
The removal of Naqibullah Fayek, the former governor of Faryab province, and the appointment of Mohammad Daud Laghmani as the new governor has created a security and political crisis at a time when international forces are withdrawing and the Taliban are constantly occupying new areas and districts.
The protests have been going on for a month now, and what is most worrying is the armed nature of some of the protests, which could make the situation uncontrollable. As a result of these protests, administrative work in the province has been paralyzed and flights between Kabul and Maimana have been suspended. Pictures of the protests continuing on social media show dozens of protesters in front of the army’s first brigade. In addition to the Afghan flag, they carry flags that, in the words of members of Junbish e Milli Party, are the flag of South Turkestan.
Mohammad Daud Laghmani was introduced as the governor about two weeks ago at the army brigade headquarters in Maimana, and a few days later he has been asked to return to Kabul. The government has appointed the deputy governor of Faryab province as the acting governor. The protesters, however, want the government to nominate a new governor for Faryab in consultation with the people and elders of the province. The Junbish is said to have nominated Murad Ali Murad as governor. Ehsan Niroo, a spokesman for the Junbish, confirmed to Etilaat Roz that Murad’s nomination as governor of Faryab had been discussed among members of the party leadership.
The Junbish Party, led by Marshal Dostum, warns that if the government does not act on the will of the people, the protests will spread to other northern provinces. But the local administration says that Mohammad Daud Laghmani has been appointed by the president and the people are forced to accept him. The government and its supporters say the change of governors is a function of the central government, but the problem stems from the fact that there is no agreement between the High Council of National Reconciliation and the president on the appointment of officials.
Unfortunately, this controversy arises at a very critical time. In the current situation when NATO and US forces are leaving Afghanistan, there was no room for such issues to be created. The leadership of the government had to make a wise, patient and far-sighted decision in this matter. Of course, this tension is not new. Such disputes between the Presidential Palace and Marshal Dostum have a long history. Ashraf Ghani nominated General Abdul Rashid Dostum as his first vice president in the 2014 presidential election, despite widespread criticism from human rights organizations, calling him a “king-maker”. But after the presidential election, differences arose between Ghani and Dostum, and Dostum went to the north of the country. Then the controversy between Dostum and Aishchi made the situation worse.
Such conflicts and at the same time the movement between Dostum’s circle and the Arg continued. But the award of the rank of Marshall to Dostum, which was part of the agreement between Abdullah and Ghani following the election controversy, was held without official ceremony and the participation of Arg officials.
But recently Marshal Dostum went to Kabul and met with Ghani at Arg. Following the meeting, President appointed Rahela Dostum, Dostum’s daughter a senator, a sign that relations between them were improving. But now it seems that relations between the two sides have once again soured.
The favorable situation is that if the government wants to bring the governor to the province against the will of the people, the people will resist, and if even one person is injured, the situation will be chaotic and everyone will lose control of the situation. The turmoil and anger of the people in this situation also indicates that if the will of the people is not heeded, there is a strong possibility of war. People does not want the government to bring the governor to the province by force of tanks and guns; the people will resist, and the situation can escalate further. In this case, a great catastrophe can occur not only in Faryab, but in all the northern parts of the country.
The better option is that the government should address the crisis as soon as possible and stop its opposition in order to end the people’s worries. President Ghani should not cause divisions among the people in this sensitive situation by following his personal interests.
(Sahar News)

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