KABUL: Ashraf Ghani has left Afghanistan, hours after the Taliban ordered their fighters to wait on the outskirts of the capital following an astonishing rout of government forces.
“The former Afghan president has left the nation,” Abdullah Abdullah, who heads the peace process, said in a video on his Facebook page.
The news first came to the fore when Afghan news outlet TOLO News cited sources as saying Ghani has left Afghanistan.
It is not yet clear whether he has resigned as president. Meanwhile, a senior Afghan Interior Ministry official said Ghani has left the capital Kabul for Tajikistan.
Asked for comment, the president’s office said it “cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s movement for security reasons”.
A representative of the Taliban, which entered the capital Kabul earlier on Sunday, said the group was checking on Ghani’s whereabouts.
Taliban enter Kabul ‘to control chaos’: spokesman A Taliban spokesman has said that Taliban fighters have entered Kabul in response to a “law and order issue”, the Guardian reported.
Journalists reporting from on the ground, including former Wall Street Journal reporter Habib Khan, have confirmed that the Taliban will enter the city to secure areas abandoned by the government in order to “control the chaos”.