The U.S.-based auction house that was due to sell the work on Saturday, announced that the item was withdrawn from sale. The artwork was expected to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.
The nation's governors said the automatic spending cuts would hurt state governments, as congressional Republicans and Democrats continue to blame each other for the impasse. Without a last-minute deal, the across-the-board spending cuts go into effect March 1.
The province in question is Wardak, the focus of recent counterinsurgency operations. The Afghan president's move comes amid allegations of torture and disappearances centering on Afghans who are part of the U.S. forces.