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Top leaders leave Afghanistan

Published : 15 Aug 2021 09:37 PM | Updated : 16 Aug 2021 12:51 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left Afghanistan for Tajikistan as Taliban closes in on Kabul, according to several media reports.

Asked for comment, the president’s office told Reuters news agency it “cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s movement for security reasons”.

Meanwhile, a Taliban official told Reuters they were checking reports about Ghani’s departure from the country.

Head of High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah in a video clip also said that the former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan.

He said that he left the people of Afghanistan in mess and misery and he will be judged in futurity.

Ashraf Ghani along with NSA Hamdullah Muhib and head of the administrative office of President Fazel Mahmood Fazli left Afghanistan for Tajikistan.

Earlier, speaker of Afghan parliament Mir Rahman Rahmani, Younus Qanuni, Muhammad Muhaqeq, Karim Khalili, Ahmad Wali Masoud, and Ahmad Zia Masoud fled to Islamabad, said Najibullah Lalzoy, editor at Khaama Press. 

The Taliban in an official statement said that the fighters were directed to enter Kabul city so that they prevent potential looting and chaos in the city.

The statement reads that, since Afghan forces have left outposts in Kabul city, there is a risk of plundering.

Kabul is taken by the fighters at a time when the power is not transferred yet and a delegation is said to be leaving for Doha to complete the process.