Afghan Embassy in Tajikistan demands Interpol to arrest Ashraf Ghani over ‘treasury theft’

Posted on August 18, 2021, 11:59 am
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KABUL: Afghan Embassy in Tajikistan has asked Interpol to arrest former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani on charges of alleged theft of public money.

Ghani who stepped down as the President of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s advancement in Kabul on Sunday has now settled in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Moreover, the Afghan embassy in Tajikistan has urged Interpol to arrest Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib and the former Chief Advisor to Ghani, Fazel Mahmood over alleged stealing of public funds.

The Afghanistan embassy demanded that Ghani and others should hand the treasury over to an international tribunal to restore the people’s wealth.

The embassy also replaced Ghani’s photo with Amrullah Saleh – who has declared himself as the ‘caretaker’ President. 

Saleh is famous for his hostility towards Pakistan and it has been speculated that his resistance movement is being funded by India.

On Monday, the Russian embassy in Kabul has claimed that former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country after the Taliban seized the capital on Sunday, took four cars and a helicopter full of cash with him.

According to Russian state-owned news agency RIA, Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Kabul, told that “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.”

Ischenko also confirmed his comments to Reuters. He cited “witnesses” as the source of his information. However, Reuters was not able to independently confirm the authenticity of Ischenko’s account.

“As for the collapse of the (outgoing) regime, it is most eloquently characterised by the way Ghani fled Afghanistan,” Nikita Ishchenko added.

Meanwhile, the Russian special envoy on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov on Monday described Ghani’s flight from Kabul as “disgraceful,” adding that Ghani “deserves to be brought to justice and held accountable by the Afghan people.”

Ghani left Kabul on Sunday as the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital. Media reports on Monday suggested that the president went to neighbouring Tajikistan or Uzbekistan, but there was no official confirmation of his whereabouts.

According to sources, Ashraf Ghani has settled in Abu Dhabi.

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