Ghani defends his flight from the country and criticizes the terms of the peace agreement between the US and the Taliban
MADRID, 30 (EUROPA PRESS)
The leader of the Taliban, Mullah Hebatulá Ajundzada, has called on the group’s fighters to “respect the amnesty” that he decreed after the insurgents took power in August, amid complaints about the execution of former officials and members of the security forces in the country.
“Respect my forgiveness and do not punish workers of the old system for past crimes,” said Ajundzada, who has issued a series of orders from the Taliban, as reported by Mohamad Naim, head of the insurgents’ office in Qatar and nominated by the new authorities as envoy to the United Nations.
Likewise, he has asked the population “not to leave the country” and has emphasized that “everyone who stays in the country will be honored and respected”, given the complaints about abuse and the growing discrimination against women and members of minorities. under the aegis of the Taliban.
“All Afghans look at us and expect something from us,” he said, before asking the authorities to “strictly respect the rules, procedures and regulations approved by the leadership (of the group).” “Do not adopt arbitrary measures,” he stressed.
In this sense, Ajundzada has asked people with positions of responsibility “not to use this opportunity for oppression” and to “fight for justice.” “Do not hire anyone because of their language or ethnicity, but because of their abilities,” he asked.
Following the restoration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the authorities issued a general amnesty for all members of the former government of Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country in the face of the Taliban advance towards the capital, Kabul, which finally fell into their hands in mid of August.
Despite this, murders and summary executions of these people have been denounced and, although the Taliban have denied any responsibility, various non-governmental organizations have published reports documenting these abuses and violations.
For his part, Ghani once again defended his decision to flee the country on Thursday in an interview with the British radio station Radio 4 of the BBC and reiterated that he did so to avoid fighting that caused the destruction of Kabul.
Thus, he has stated that when he woke up on August 15 “he did not think” that it would be his last day in the country. Ghani stressed that the Taliban had agreed not to enter the city and stressed that “two hours later, it was no longer the case.”
“Two different factions of the Taliban were approaching from two different directions,” he said, while highlighting that “the possibility of a passive conflict between them that would destroy a city with five million inhabitants and cause chaos among the people it was huge. “
In this sense, the former Afghan president has detailed that the head of presidential security gave him “two minutes” to leave the place and informed him that they could not go to Jost, his initial destination, because he had also fallen into the hands of the insurgents.
“We did not know where we would go. Only when we took off was it clear that we were leaving (Afghanistan). It really was something sudden,” he said, before again rejecting the accusations that he left the country taking a large amount of money with him.
“I want to say categorically that I did not take money. My lifestyle is known to everyone. What would I do with money?”, He asked himself during the interview. The Taliban claimed after coming to power that the former president had been responsible for corruption cases and had fled with money.
On the other hand, Ghani has acknowledged that he made mistakes, including “assuming that the patience of the international community would last”, although he stressed that the Taliban’s seizure of power was stymied by the decision of former US President Donald Trump. to sign a peace agreement with the group in February 2020.
“Instead of a peace process we achieved a withdrawal process,” explained Ghani, who stressed that the wording of the agreement “eliminated” the Afghan authorities. The ex-president stressed that finally there was “a violent coup, not a political agreement or a political process in which the people were involved.”
“My life’s work has been destroyed. My values have been trampled on and I have been made a scapegoat,” lamented Ghani, who has insisted that he recognizes mistakes such as “trusting the international association” with Afghanistan.