Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled with $169million in his cash-stuffed helicopter and has been given asylum in Dubai on ‘humanitarian grounds’, it has emerged.
Ghani fled the nation on Sunday night time because the Taliban encircled the capital – saying he needed to keep away from bloodshed – capping a army victory that noticed them seize all cities in simply 10 days.
He took with him 4 automobiles and a helicopter loaded with $169million in luggage of money – however was pressured to depart a few of the money behind as it might not all match on the flight.
Earlier studies mentioned Ghani had fled to Uzbekistan, citing Russian Embassy sources. It was additionally claimed to former president had flown to Tajikistan, however diverted to Oman when officers in Dushanbe refused him permission to land.
But the United Arab Emirates mentioned as we speak that it was internet hosting Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Dubai ‘on humanitarian grounds’.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani fled to Dubai with $169m value of money because the Taliban accomplished their lightning conquest of the nation, it has emerged
The UAE mentioned in a press release: ‘The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can affirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his household into the nation on humanitarian grounds’.
The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. It was unclear if he’d acquired every other help.
This isn’t be the primary time that the oil-rich Gulf nation opens its arms to former leaders and their family members, now persona non grata in their nation.
In 2017, the emirate of Dubai hosted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sentenced in absentia to 5 years in jail.
Spain’s king Juan Carlos went into self-exile in the UAE in August final year as questions mounted over the origins of his fortune, and the UAE was Pakistani opposition chief Benazir Bhutto’s house throughout her eight years in exile earlier than she was assassinated in her house nation in 2007.
It comes as scenes of chaos at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport continued for a 3rd day as 1000’s of Afghans attempt to flee the nation earlier than the Taliban impose their rule.
Crowds at Kabul’s airport as we speak had been forcibly dispersed by militants who fired photographs in the air and used whips and sharp objects to drive 1000’s of Afghans away from the location.
And evacuation flights had been taking off virtually empty after the Taliban shaped a hoop of metal across the web site and barred most individuals from reaching it.
The extremists insist they’ve modified and will not impose the identical draconian restrictions they did after they final dominated Afghanistan, all however eliminating ladies’s rights, finishing up public executions and harboring al-Qaida in the years earlier than the 9/11 assaults.
But many Afghans stay deeply skeptical, and the violent response to Wednesday’s protest might solely gasoline their fears.
Thousands are racing to the borders to flee the nation. Many others are hiding inside their properties, fearful after prisons and armories had been emptied throughout the insurgents’ blitz throughout the nation.
Pictured: Taliban fighters take management of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, August 15, 2021
Russia mentioned on the time the collapse of Ghani’s authorities was ‘most eloquently characterised’ by the way in which the previous president fled the nation.
Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, mentioned: ‘Four automobiles had been filled with money, they tried to stuff one other a part of the money right into a helicopter, however not all of it match. And a few of the money was left mendacity on the tarmac’.
Ischenko, the Russian embassy spokesman, confirmed his feedback to Reuters.
He cited ‘witnesses’ because the supply of his info. Reuters couldn’t independently affirm the veracity of his account instantly.
President Vladimir Putin’s particular consultant on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov mentioned it was unclear how a lot money the fleeing authorities would go away behind.
‘I hope the federal government that has fled didn’t take all of the money from the state price range. It would be the bedrock of the price range if one thing is left,’ Kabulov informed Moscow’s Ekho Moskvy radio station.
In a Facebook submit on Sunday, Ghani mentioned he had left the nation to keep away from clashes with the Taliban that will endanger thousands and thousands of Kabul residents.
‘Dear countrymen!’ he wrote. ‘Today, I got here throughout a tough alternative; I ought to stand to face the armed Taliban who needed to enter the palace or go away the expensive nation that I devoted my life to defending and defending the previous twenty years.
‘If there have been nonetheless numerous countrymen martyred and they might face the destruction and destruction of Kabul metropolis, the consequence would have been a giant human catastrophe in this six million metropolis.
‘The Taliban have made it to take away me, they’re right here to assault all Kabul and the folks of Kabul. In order to keep away from the bleeding flood, I assumed it was greatest to get out.’
Some social media customers branded Ghani, who didn’t disclose his location, a coward for leaving them in chaos.
‘The Taliban have gained with the judgement of their swords and weapons, and are actually accountable for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,’ Ghani mentioned after fleeing.
In a Facebook submit on Sunday (pictured), Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani mentioned he fled the nation as a result of needed to keep away from bloodshed