Ashraf Ghani: Former Afghan President was given ‘no more than two minutes’ to get ready to flee Kabul

Ghani informed BBC’s Radio 4 “Today” program that his nationwide security consultant notified him he need to leave which the departure was “really sudden,” including that it was “only when we took off, it became clear that we were leaving” Afghanistan.

“On the morning of that day, I had no inkling that by late afternoon, I will be leaving,” Ghani stated throughout the interview with previous UK Chief of Defense Personnel General Nick Carter, broadcast on Thursday. Carter was guest-editing that edition of the BBC radio program.

According to Ghani, the Afghan authorities were at first notified that the Taliban fighters would not be getting in Kabul, however “two hours later, this was not the case.”

He was stating the disorderly August weekend in which Taliban took control of the nation’s capital at warp speed. Experts had actually forecasted Kabul would not be breached for weeks or months regardless of the militants’ advances somewhere else in Afghanistan, however they eventually took power in a matter of hours.
Later on that month, a previous senior authorities of Ghani detailed a vibrant image of the recentlies of his federal government, consisting of how the previous President and his consultants were stunned by the speed of the Taliban’s advance. Ghani was far from gotten ready for the Taliban’s arrival on the borders of Kabul and ran away with just the clothing he was using, the previous authorities informed CNN.
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled with only the clothes on his back, senior adviser says

Ghani informed the BBC that he informed a number of coworkers and his other half to run away the city while he awaited a cars and truck to take him to the Ministry of Defense. After the lorry stopped working to appear, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib and the head of the Afghan President Protective Service (PPS) pertained to discover him.

“They said PPS has collapsed. If I take a stand, they will all be killed, and they will not be capable of defending me,” he informed the BBC.

Mohib, who was “literally terrified,” did not provide him “more than two minutes” to prepare to leave, Ghani stated. Their preliminary strategy to take a trip to Khost had actually failed after the city was taken, indicating Ghani did not understand where they were headed when leaving.

“Only when we took off did it become clear that we were leaving,” he stated.

Ghani, who has actually been living in the United Arab Emirates, refuted accusations that he brought cash with him overseas, stating he wished to “categorically state” that he “did not take any money out of the country.”

He included that the “helicopters in our first destination were available for everybody to search,” inviting the possibility of a questions by United States Inspector General for Afghanistan Restoration John Sopko.

“I’d like an inquiry and as I suggested earlier, as soon as these allegations were raised by the United Nations, or an investigative firm, my style of life is known to everyone. What would I do with money? This is an accusation, particularly coming in the first part from Russia.”

The previous President partly associated the nation’s failure to his choice to trust “in our international partnership.”

“All of us made a huge mistake in assuming that the patience of the international community would last,” Ghani said.

Although Afghans “rightly blame” him for the fall of their nation, Ghani preserved that he has actually been “made a scapegoat” and had his life work “destroyed.” All celebrations require to “arrive at a pathway for true national reconciliation in autonomy and accountability to each other,” he concluded.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.