The Afghanistan embassy in Tajikistan has demanded the arrest of former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani over ‘treasury theft’.
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The arrest was demanded after Ashraf Ghani, Hamdullah Mohib and Fazel Mahmood Fazly were accused of theft of the treasury. The Afghanistan embassy demanded that Ghani should hand the treasury over to an international tribunal to restore the people’s wealth, local media reported on Wednesday.’
Ashraf Ghani, who fled the war-torn country as the Taliban took control of Kabul, was reported to have been landed in Oman after Tajikistan denied his entry into its territory.
Several media reports suggested that Ghani may have fled to neighbouring Tajikistan or Uzbekistan. However, his current whereabouts are unknown.
Meanwhile, Russia’s embassy in Kabul had claimed Ashraf Ghani had fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and had to leave some money behind as it would not all fit in, the RIA news agency reported.
Ashraf Ghani act of fleeing Afghanistan at the time of crisis drew flak from people and leaders across the world. In his defence, Ghani had said he left the country in a bid to avoid bloodshed
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Ashraf Ghani said he was faced with a “hard choice” between the “armed Taliban” who wanted to enter the Presidential Palace or “leaving the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting the past 20 years”.
“As for the collapse of the (outgoing) regime, it is most eloquently characterised by the way Ghani fled Afghanistan,” Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, was quoted as saying by RIA.
“Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac,” he was quoted as saying.
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An academic and economist, Ashraf Ghani was the 14th President of Afghanistan. He was first elected on September 20, 2014 and was re-elected in the September 28, 2019 presidential election.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, but following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the brutal regime of the militant group came to an end as they were removed from power by US-led forces in 2001.