Afghanistan’s former president has defended their choice of his to flee the nation as the Taliban shut-in earlier this season, saying he made it happen to keep the destruction of Kabul.
The Taliban seized power in August after taking command of the capital. Ashraf Ghani revealed that as he woke up on fifteen August, he’d “no inkling” it would be the final day in Afghanistan.
It was primarily when the plane of his left Kabul that he realised he was heading, Mr Ghani stated on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He was heavily criticised and accused of abandoning the nation at the time. He’s now in the United Arab Emirates.
Mr Ghani commented in a conversation with Gen Sir Nick Carter, the UK’s former Chief of the Defence Staff, who was guest editing the Today program on Thursday.
As the morning began, Mr Ghani recalled, Taliban MMA fighters had agreed to not get into Kabul – “but 2 hours later, that wasn’t the case”.
“Two various factions of the Taliban had been closing in from 2 distinct directions,” Mr Ghani explained. “And the potential for an enormous struggle between them that is going to ruin the city of 5 million and also carry havoc to others was enormous.”
He agreed to allow a selection of those near him to leave Kabul – such as his wife, who he stated did so very hesitantly. His national security advisor even left, and Mr Ghani waited for an automobile to have him with the defence ministry.
The automobile never arrived. Rather, the national security advisor refunded, together with the “terrified” chief of presidential protection, and also told Mr Ghani they’d “all be killed” whether he had taken a stand up.
“He didn’t offer me over 2 minutes,” Mr Ghani said. “My guidance was preparing for departure for [the town of] Khost. He informed me that Khost had fallen and therefore had Jalalabad.
“I didn’t understand where we’d go. Just whenever we took off, it became apparent we had been making [Afghanistan]. And so this truly was sudden.”
In the wake of his departure, Mr Ghani was roundly criticised by lots of people in Afghanistan, such as the vice president Amrullah Saleh of his, who called it “disgraceful”.