The escape of the president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani: four cars and even a helicopter full of money

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The escape of the president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani: four cars and even a helicopter full of money

The real fate of escaped Afghan President Ashraf Ghani it’s a mystery. His worthy exit project evaporated in the chaos of the fall of Kabul and it was not as worthy as anyone imagined.

The Taliban entered the presidential palace empty. They went through it. They were amazed at the luxury, the rugs, the art, and settled into the presidential office, with their turbans, their newly looted American M16 rifles and their Shawar Kamiz, the traditional Afghan uniform.

There they posed while the Al Jazeera network broadcast the scene live.

Taliban pose in the presidential palace posed while the Al Jazzera network broadcasts the scene live. Photo: AFP

Ghani apparently fled to Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic that always maintained a consulate in Kabul. But the Tajiks they wouldn’t have let him land him, his two security advisers and his custodians, and would have continued to Oman, in the Arabian Sea, an emirate that is characterized by being mediator in conflicts region of.

No one knows exactly where will your journey end after having done all his academic training in the United States.

“The best thing is to go”

Since his exile, hidden, sent a message on Facebook to his country saying that “To prevent a bloodbath, I think the best thing is to leave.”

The escape of the president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani: four cars and even a helicopter full of money

Few hours later, the Taliban posed in his chair of this technocrat, who returned to Kabul in 2002 from the World Bank and taught at Stanford University to be the country’s finance minister.

A report from the Russian government, which is not a friend of President Ghani, said that on his departure from the presidential palace in Kabul’s hyper-protected Green Zone , was followed by a convoy of cars Y a helicopter loaded with money.

Speaking to the RIA news agency, a spokesman for the Russian embassy reported that “the collapse of the regime had its most eloquent characteristic in the way Ghani fled Afghanistan”.

The escape of the president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani: four cars and even a helicopter full of money

Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Reuters

“Four cars were loaded with money. They tried to put the money in a helicopter but everything did not fit, then they left him on the track ”, he said. His account cannot be corroborated.

Ghani’s departure took his cabinet by surprise, to his allies, to former President Karzai, his neighbor in the palace in the security zone, and to Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, in charge of a reconciliation commission with the Taliban. They met on Wednesday with the heads of the Taliban for a transition in government.

Afghan society condemned their abandonment. Even Central Bank President Ajmal Azhmady, who managed to flee on Tuesday in a military plane from Kabul, said the felt “disgusted” for the abandonment of the president of the country.

“It didn’t have to end this way. I am disgusted by the Afghan leadership’s lack of planning. See them at the airport and then leave without informing the others! ” Ahmady commented on Twitter.

“Once the president’s departure was announced, I knew that minutes later chaos would follow. I can’t forgive him for creating this without a transition plan, ”he said.

The escape of the president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani: four cars and even a helicopter full of money

Taliban take over Kabul. Photo: AFP

Days before, Ghani had laughed at King Amanullah Khan, the Afghan monarch who abdicated and fled to British India in 1929, when he had to face an Islamic rebellion. “I’m not one of those who runs away,” Ghani said.

Khan never came back and ended his days in Rome, in a large village, with the few possessions that he could gather in his flight.

Ghani came to power through elections laden with fraud allegations in 2014 and 2019. His plan was to fight corruption and stabilize the country’s economy.

With NATO withdrawing from combat operations in 2014, this Pashtun tribe president failed to stop the Taliban and the country plunged into violence.

Faced with the talks that Donald Trump was promoting in Doha to achieve a peace agreement and leave Afghanistan, Ghani resisted American pressure. The Taliban refused to declare a ceasefire and he continued with the attacks when the American forces accelerated their departure.

Where is Ashraf Ghani now? The former president of Afghanistan, who fled Kabul when the Taliban took over the country, is now settled in Abu dhabi, according to a report. Kabul News reported citing sources that Ghani is currently in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Paris, correspondent

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