Former president had to flee afghanistan to take refuge in the United Arab Emirates.
On the 15th of August, Ashraf Ghani abruptly fled Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents moved on the city. He claimed that abandoning his people was not his intention, but that it was “the only way.”
He also refuted the “baseless” claims that he traveled to the UAE with $169 million (£123 million). Mr Ghani claimed he had no choice but to flee the country in order to avoid widespread violence in a message posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
“I left at the urging of the palace security, who advised me that to stay risked setting off the same street-to-street fighting the city had suffered during the civil war of the 1990s,” he wrote, adding that he did so to “save Kabul and her six million citizens”.
“Leaving Kabul was the most painful decision I’ve ever made,” he stated, regretting that he “could not make it finish any differently.”
He claimed he had spent the last two decades working to assist Afghanistan become a “democratic, prosperous, and sovereign state.”Mr Ghani went on to say that he was “deeply and profoundly disappointed” that “my own chapter ended in comparable sorrow to that of my forefathers.”
Statement 8 September 2021 pic.twitter.com/5yKXWIdLfM— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) September 8, 2021
The 72-year-old former president, who has faced harsh criticism for leaving the country, said he would speak about the “events leading up to my departure” in the near future. Mr Ghani said he was “forced” to leave Afghanistan by his security team because “there was a real danger that I would be arrested and assassinated” in a live Facebook message on August 18.
“They started hunting for me from room to room” when the Taliban entered the presidential palace in Kabul, he added.
Mr Ghani denied taking huge sums of money with him as he left the country, saying he was “not even permitted to take off my sandals and put on my shoes.” The Taliban, who took control of Afghanistan more than three weeks ago in a sweeping operation, declared earlier this week the formation of an all-male provisional government to administer the country.
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