In reaction to the interview of the exiled president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, stated that Ashraf Ghani should have apologized to all people of Afghanistan, but he did not.
Faiq claims that Ashraf Ghani attempted to avoid taking accountability during this interview but continued to place emphasis on demagogic phrases and rhetoric slogans.
“Ashraf Ghani should have apologized to all the people of Afghanistan, especially women, youth, security and defense forces, and the families of the martyrs, but he did not do it,” the Afghan envoy to the UN tweeted on late Wednesday, August 10.
In his first in-person interview following fleeing Kabul a year before, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the former leader of Afghanistan, said that he was still the president of Afghanistan and that he was the last person to leave the country when the Taliban took Kabul.
According to the ex-president of Afghanistan, Ghani, he left the country out of fear for his own safety and to avoid a cruel repetition of history, as the Taliban executed the then-president Dr. Najibullah when they seized power back in 1996.
He claimed that Zalmai Khalilzad, an Afghan-American diplomat who had been appointed by the US, had divided the political figures and that the top Afghan government officials had come to an agreement and left Afghanistan before the Taliban had even reached Kabul, and that he alone should not be held responsible for the fall of Kabul.
He said that he was the last person to flee the country as the defense minister and more than half of the cabinet had already left.
Ghani argued that since Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government and afterward the Head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, held 50% of the power, Abdullah should also be held accountable, not just him.
But he said that by fleeing, a bloody coup d’état was avoided and that the US government had contributed to the downfall of the government by evacuating thousands of Afghan military personnel on the day of the collapse of the Afghan government.