“I was forced to leave Afghanistan”, says exiled Afghan President

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

19th Aug, 2021. 10:20 am
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

On Wednesday, exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani justified his decision to flee Kabul as the Taliban took control and eventually destroyed his government.

He claimed that he was “forced to leave Afghanistan with one set of traditional clothes, a vest and the sandals I was wearing.” Ghani left Afghanistan on Sunday just as the Taliban approached Kabul.

He strongly rejected rumors that he had left with millions of dollars.

Whereas Ghani’s last statement had stated that he left Afghanistan “to avoid bloodshed”.

The questions on the presence of Ashraf Ghani have not been responded by the US embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Ashraf Ghani and family welcomed by UAE ‘on humanitarian grounds’

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it has welcomed exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country.

“The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds,” read a statement on the ministry’s official website.

Ghani’s location has been under speculation since he escaped from Afghanistan on Sunday, as the Taliban arrived in capital Kabul in the concluding stage to wrap up a 10-day lightning invasion across the country.

It was previously also speculated that Ghani and his family had left for Tajikistan.

A Foreign Ministry official said his location was unidentified and the Taliban said it was examining his location.

Whereas, foreign media has claimed on Afghanistan communicating with Interpol and asking it to take Ghani in custody also began to surface earlier today.

According to a Private newspaper, the Afghan embassy in Tajikistan made the petition on custody of Ghani “stealing from the country’s treasury”.

Furthermore, it has also necessitated the arrest of former Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib and Ghani’s Chief Advisor Fazel Mahmood, Private News said, quoting sources.

Whereas Ghani’s last statement had stated that he left Afghanistan “to avoid bloodshed”.

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