Pajhwok10/07/2013By Ahmad Quraishi[Printer Friendly Version]
KABUL - In the race for the presidency, Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Monday claimed President Hamid Karzai had offered him a $100 million cheque in returning for support his team.
Also a key member of the Jamiat-I-Islami Party (JIP), the governor levelled the allegation against the president at an inaugural ceremony for a party office in Kabul.
He insisted: “President Hamid Karzai’s team offered us a colossal amount of dollars, a blank cheque and other favours. But we rejected the offer out of hand.”
Noor said in categorical terms that Karzai and his electoral team had repeatedly tried to lure his party into joining the incoming cabinet.
“I was told the fragile presidential team will get stronger if the Jamiat-i-Islami throws its weight behind it,” Noor maintained.
But Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi rejected the allegation as groundless, saying the president had met a number political heavyweights and jihadi leaders in the past.
But all such meetings were consultative in nature, he added, denying the president had ever offered cash to any party for its support.