Afghanistan| Ashraf Ghani said to people of Afghanistan: ‘I apologize that I could not make it end differently’
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has apologized to the people of Afghanistan after fleeing to seek refuge in the United Arab Emirates.
“Leaving Kabul was the hardest decision of my life,” he said, adding that he regretted not being able to “finish it differently”.
Mr. Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan abruptly on August 15 after Taliban militants advanced on the capital.
He said he did not intend to leave his people, but “it was the only way.”
He once again denied the baseless allegations that he had traveled to the UAE for about 16 16,169 million (12 3,123 million).
In a statement shared on Twitter on Wednesday, Mr. Ghani said he had no choice but to leave the country to avoid widespread violence.
“I left at the request of protecting the palace, which advised me that the street from which the city had to fight during the civil war of the 1990s should be in danger,” he wrote. “Save Kabul and its 6 million citizens”
He said he had dedicated 20 years to helping Afghanistan become a “democratic, prosperous and independent state.”
Mr. Ghani added that he was “deeply saddened that my own chapter ended with my predecessors in a similar tragedy”.
The 72-year-old former president, who has been widely criticized by other Afghan politicians for leaving the country, said he would address “events leading up to my departure” in the near future.
In a live Facebook address on August 18, Mr. Ghani said he had been forced to leave “Afghanistan” by his security team because “there was a real chance I would be caught and killed”.
“When the Taliban entered the presidential palace in Kabul, they started looking for me from room to room,” he said.
Rejecting claims that he had taken large sums of money with him when he left the country, Mr Ghani said he was “not even allowed to take off my sandals and put on my shoes”.
Earlier this week, the Taliban, which took control of Afghanistan in a major offensive more than three weeks ago, announced the formation of a male interim government to rule the country.
Dozens of women in Kabul and the northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan protested against the new cabinet on Wednesday, saying they would not accept a government without women ministers.
The Taliban surprised many when they spread across Afghanistan in just 10 days in August and quickly took control of cities and towns.
The militant group has announced an interim government, calling the country an “Islamic Emirate.”
The cabinet will be led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the founders of the movement.
So, who knows about the Taliban today.
Hebatullah Akhundzada became the Taliban’s supreme commander in May 2016, and is now the leader of Afghanistan’s so-called Islamic Emirate.
In the 1980s, he took part in the Islamist resistance against the Soviet military campaign in Afghanistan, but he is more known as a religious leader than a military commander.
Akhundzada served as head of Sharia courts in the 1990s.
After seizing power for the first time in the 1990s, the Taliban introduced and supported punishments in accordance with their strict interpretation of Islamic law: they publicly executed murderers and adulterers and mutilated thieves.
Led by Mullah Mohammad Omar (who is believed to have died in 2013), the Taliban also banned television, music, movies, make-up and banned girls aged 10 and over. Prevented from going to school.
Akhundzada is thought to be in his 60s and has spent most of his life in Afghanistan.
However, according to experts, he has close ties to the so-called “Quetta Shura” – Afghan Taliban leaders say they are based in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
As the group’s supreme commander, Akhundzada is in charge of political, military and religious affairs.
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund is one of the four men who founded the Taliban in Afghanistan in 1994.
He has long been the head of the Taliban’s powerful leadership council.
He served as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 1996-2001.
He has been under UN sanctions for his role in government during this period.
Siraj ud din Haqani
Sirajuddin is another figure in the Haqqani network, which is on the FBI’s most wanted list.
After the death of his father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, he became the new leader of the Haqqani Network, credited with some of the most violent attacks in Afghanistan against Afghan forces and their Western allies in recent years.
The Haqqani Network is currently one of the most powerful and feared militant groups in the region. Some say it is even more influential in Afghanistan than the Islamic State group.
The group, which the United States has designated a terrorist organization, monitors the Taliban’s financial and military assets on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Haqqani is believed to be around 45 years old.
In a poll in the New York Times last year before the signing of the Doha Accords, Haqqani wrote: “For more than four decades, precious Afghan lives have been lost every day. Everyone has lost their loved one. I believe the killings must stop. “
Abdul Ghani Baradar
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is a co-founder of the Taliban.
He became the leader of the insurgency after the US-led invasion in 2001 eliminated the militants.
But he was captured in February 2010 in a joint US-Pakistani operation in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.
He spent eight years in prison, until he was released as part of a plan to facilitate the peace process. He has been the head of his political office in Qatar since January 2019.
In 2020, Brother became the first Taliban leader to speak directly to a US president after a telephone conversation with Donald Trump. Earlier, Baradar signed the Doha Agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from the Taliban.
Muhammad Yaqub is the son of Mullah Muhammad Omar, the founder of the Taliban.
He is believed to be in his late 30s and is currently the group’s military leader.
After the death of former Taliban leader Akhtar Mansoor in 2016, some militants wanted to appoint Yaqub as the group’s new supreme commander, but others felt he was young and lacked experience.