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President Ghani escapes to Uzbekistan, interim govt to be formed soon: Abdullah Abdullah

Abdullah Abdullah seeks time from the Taliban to form an interim government in Afghanistan as President Ashraf Ghani escapes to Tajikistan

The Afghan government and Taliban have developed an understanding to form an interim government in Afghanistan for a peaceful transfer of power. This decision was taken today in the wake of consistent victories of the Taliban in many provinces in the last one week and their penetration in Kabul this morning as well.

Former chief executive of Afghanistan and head of the National Reconciliation Council Abdullah Abdullah sought some time from the Taliban to form an interim government. Abdullah Abdullah is facilitating talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government at the Presidential Palace in Kabul to form an interim setup in the country.

Abdullah Abdullah announced that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left Afghanistan. There are speculations that Ashraf Ghani escaped from Afghanistan silently soon after he realised possibility of the Taliban’s take-over in Afghanistan. It is being termed Ghani’s surrender before the penetration of Taliban in Kabul. Foreign media said Ashraf Ghani has escaped to Uzbekistan.

Abdullah Abdullah and key Taliban and government leaders are going to Qatar to work out an interim government for Afghanistan.

Till the formation of an interim government, Abdullah Abdullah has requested Taliban not to create anarchy in Kabul.

Meanwhile, the Taliban spokesman said that their followers will neither fight in Kabul nor create problems for the citizens. He said in some areas the Taliban have entered to protect lives and properties of the people.

Both, the Taliban and the outgoing government agreed not to fight a war in Kabul and ensure peaceful transition of power through caretaker set-up.

Earlier, Afghan interior minister said the Taliban will not attack Kabul and power will be transferred through interim set up in the country.

The Taliban have announced a general amnesty for all the Afghan citizens. They urged their followers not to attack any office, businesses, and common citizens in Kabul. Taliban also said they would respect women and not create problems for them.

The Taliban also said that the foreigners living in Kabul can leave the country as per their own desires and they (Taliban) will not force anyone to leave Afghanistan.

The Taliban, nonetheless, have desired immediate transfer of power through interim government in the country. At present, they hold control over more than 27 provinces out of a total of 34 provinces in Afghanistan.

Javed Mahmood
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