The president, previously backed by the US, left the country shortly before the Taliban* seized the presidential palace in Kabul, according to him, to “prevent bloodshed”. For several days, no one knew where he was until Ghani himself later admitted that he had fled to the UAE and even hoped to return to the country someday soon.
A former senior official in deposed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s cabinet has revealed how the president and his aides were surprised by the Taliban’s speedy assault on Kabul, as they were working on a deal to “hand over peacefully to an inclusive government” and on Ghani’s resignation, CNN reported on Saturday.
Citing an anonymous former top official, the channel stated that a senior member of the Ghani government met with a prominent member of a group affiliated with both the Taliban and al-Qaeda* in Kabul in the final hours of the overthrown regime, and was told frankly that the government must surrender.
Ghani was unprepared for the Taliban’s arrival on the outskirts of Kabul late Saturday and escaped on Sunday with only the clothing he was wearing, thus refuting the accusations of him packing loads of money into cars.
“We had received intelligence for over a year that the president would be killed in the event of a takeover”, the source added.
And Ghani reportedly left in a hurry, as at first, he went to “Termez in Uzbekistan, where he spent one night”, before flying to the United Arab Emirates.
As the Taliban marched through…