The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 8 and seized the capital in an unprecedented attack in August. Afghanistan he says if the Taliban shut down the country he would leave the region immediately. A British diplomat questioned him after Ghani said a friend had given him minutes for his decision not to leave his home country of Kabul. Besides his alleged involvement with the government, his lawyer said the allegations against his wife were unfounded.
Ghani told BBC’s Radio 4 “Today” program that his national security adviser informed him he must leave and that the departure was “really sudden,” adding 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 recounted during the interview with former UK Chief of Defense Staff General Nick Carter, broadcast on Thursday. Carter was guest-editing that edition of the BBC radio program.
According to Ghani, the Afghan authorities were initially informed that the Taliban fighters would not be entering Kabul, but “two hours later, this was not the case.”
He was recounting the chaotic August weekend in which Taliban seized control of the country’s capital at lightning speed. Analysts had predicted Kabul would not be breached for weeks or months despite the militants’ advances elsewhere in Afghanistan, but they ultimately took power in a matter of hours.
Later that month, a former senior official of Ghani detailed a vivid picture of the last weeks of his government, including how the former President and his advisers were stunned by the speed of the Taliban’s advance. Ghani was far from prepared for the Taliban’s arrival on the outskirts of Kabul and fled with only the clothes he was wearing, the former official Told Euro International