This photograph taken on January 16, 2018 shows Mohammad Daud (C), newly-appointed governor of Balkh province, arriving for his father's funeral in Mazar-i-Sharif. AFP / FARSHAD USYAN
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Afghanistan's top diplomat has pulled out of a high-level U.N. meeting about his country to help end a growing political crisis that is testing the authority of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, sources told AFP Thursday.In a crisis that many fear could turn violent, one of Jamiat's top leaders Atta Mohammad Noor, has refused to leave the post he has held since 2004, rejecting a claim by Ghani's office that he had resigned.The Balkh crisis was also on the agenda during a phone call between Vice President Mike Pence and Ghani on Tuesday.The tussle with Noor comes at a bad time for Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, whose U.S.-backed government faces deteriorating security as well as growing pressure to hold long-delayed parliamentary elections this year.
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