Karzai Claims He Invited Taliban to Kabul to “Protect People”

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has claimed that the Taliban did not take Afghan capital Kabul but were invited into the capital by him after former President Ashraf Ghani fled in order to protect the population from the possible looting and violence. 

Karzai, in an interview with Associated Press, said there was no official present at all in the capital, “no police chief, no corps commander, no other units. They had all left.”

According to Karzai, a power vacuum was created in Kabul, and even his security officials left when Ghani left the city.

Karzai also blamed the former president Ghani for spoiling a last-minute deal that was meant to transfer the power from Ghani to a power-sharing government by his secret and sudden departure from Afghanistan.

Karzai said he and Abdullah Abdullah, the former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, a day before Kabul collapse, met with Ghani and agreed to leave Kabul for Doha the next day with 15 other politicians to negotiate a power-sharing agreement with the Taliban leaders in the Qatari capital.

Ghani’s departure reportedly ruined the last-minute deal that would have led to a peaceful power transition and Taliban leaders were also “waiting for us in Doha for the same objective, for the same purpose.”

“The government should stay in its positions and should not move, that they (Taliban) have no intention to enter the city and, I and others spoke to various officials and assurances were given to us that, yes, that was the case, that the Americans and the government forces were holding firm to the places and that Kabul would not fall,” Karzai added.

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