Dubai: Days after he fled from Afghanistan to escape the Taliban, Ashraf Ghani attempted to justify his act amid severe criticism from all quarters. While his whereabouts were initially unknown, the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday said that the Afghan president and his family were in the country. The UAE said it had welcomed Ashraf Ghani and his family on humanitarian grounds.
Refuting the allegations that he had taken large sums of money with him, Ghani said that he had left the country with no belongings. He said he had no intention to remain in exile and was in talks to return to Afghanistan.
In a video, Ghani said that he had to leave Afghanistan to prevent bloodshed and destruction in Kabul. He said he had been warned by security officials that the Taliban fighters wanted to execute them just like former president Mohammad Najibullah. The latter’s body was hanged from a traffic light in 1996.
Afghans felt betrayed
Ashraf Ghani’s sudden departure from Afghanistan left people in the country and his administration feeling betrayed. On August 4, he had said he would not flee and that he would remain in service of people. However, he did not keep that word. Even his Cabinet members were furious about his move.
Afghanistan’s acting defense minister Bismillah Mohammadi, in a tweet, said, “Damn to Ghani and his team”.
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