Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had fled the country to “prevent a flood of bloodshed”, as the Taliban took over Kabul, after being ousted for nearly two decades from power by a US-led invasion.
If he had stayed behind, he believed that “countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be destroyed”, Ghani said.
In a statement posted on Facebook he said, “The Taliban have won… and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen.”
“They are now facing a new historical test. Either they will preserve the name and honour of Afghanistan or they will give priority to other places and networks,” he added.
One of the Taliban insurgents’ key demands was Afghan President’s departure from office during peace talks with the government, but he did not yield. They wanted a “peaceful transfer” within the next few days, the insurgents said.
The Taliban’s sweep through Afghanistan was quick as they took over rural areas including cities in just few weeks while the US and Nato troops were preparing to leave.
Ghani didn’t say where he had travelled to, but Afghan media group Tolo news suggested that he had gone to Tajikistan.