Afghanistan President Ghani leaves country as Taliban march on capital Kabul

Taliban announce to enter Kabul ‘to prevent chaos’ as Kabul police abandoned police stations

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA) – Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday as the Taliban marched on the capital Kabul, officials confirmed.

In a video message, Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s top peace broker, said that Ghani has left the country.

Afghanistan’s Defense minister Gen. Bismillah Muhammadi has harshly criticized Ghani, saying: “They tied our hands behind our backs and sold the homeland, damn the rich man and his gang.”

Meanwhile, following the departure of Ghani, former President Hamid Karzai, veteran politician Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and top peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah have formed a council to proceed with the transition of power.

In a Twitter post, Karzai said the council has called on security forces and the Taliban to maintain restraint and curb the chaos.

In a separate video statement, he also called for safeguarding people’s lives and property.

Taliban announce to enter Kabul

In a fresh statement, the Taliban said the Kabul police have abandoned the district police stations and that they will enter the city to prevent chaos and ensure law and order.

Earlier, the Taliban had announced that they will stay on the doors of Kabul until talks continue with the Afghan president’s government.

After back-to-back crumbling of a number of key provincial capitals in a day, the Taliban rallied their forces around all four corners of Kabul in the wee hours of Sunday igniting anxiety and panic in the country’s biggest city housing some six million inhabitants.

“Since the country’s capital is a very large city and densely populated, the Mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate ( Taliban) do not intend to enter by force”, Zabiullah Mujahed, the group’s spokesman, had said in the previous statement.


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