The Taliban are going to kill our friends, said a woman who arrived in Delhi on a flight from Kabul on Sunday. A total of 129 passengers were onboard the Delhi-bound Air India flight that took off from Kabul at the same time the Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital city.
With Ashraf Ghani stepping down as president of Afghanistan, the Taliban are now in control of the war-torn country. A three-member council has now been formed with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai as one of the members to oversee the transition of power to the Taliban
Speaking to media outlets at Delhi’s IGI airport on Sunday, the woman who arrived from Kabul broke down and said, “I cannot believe that the world abandoned Afghanistan.”
“Our friends are going to get killed. They [Taliban] are going to kill us. Our women are not going to have any more rights,” added the woman.
Another passenger who took the Air India flight AI244 from Kabul to Delhi, Sonini Sarkar, told India Today that she did not witness any violence on her way out of Kabul. Sarkar worked for a non-profit in Afghanistan.
Afghan member of parliament from Paktia province, Sayed Hassan Paktiawal said, “I do not want to leave the country [Afghanistan]. I came here for a meeting. I will go back to Afghanistan. The situation is really bad there, especially tonight is really bad.”
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Another Afghan MP, Abdul Qadir Zazai, said upon his arrival in Delhi: “There was a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban. It was just a handover process. Now, the situation is calm in Kabul. Pakistan is one of the close supporters of the Taliban. My family is still in Kabul.”
A senior advisor to former Afghan president Ghani, Rizwanullah Ahmadzai, was also among the passengers of the Air India flight from Kabul to Delhi. He told media outlets upon his arrival in Delhi, “There is calm in most parts of Afghanistan. Almost all political people, like ministers, have left Kabul. Around 200 people have come to Delhi. I feel this is a new Taliban that will allow women to work.”
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A former MP and second cousin to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Jamil Karzai, told reporters upon his arrival in Delhi, “Kabul was occupied by the Taliban when I left the city.”
“I think there will be a new government. Whatever has happened has happened because of Ashraf Ghani. He betrayed Afghanistan. People will not forgive him,” Jamil Karzai said.
The Taliban’s military offensive against the Ghani administration in Kabul reached its conclusion on Sunday with Taliban fighters surrounding the capital city of Kabul. A spokesperson for the militia said that no harm will be done to the residents of Kabul and that the Taliban do not intend to take the country’s capital city by force.