Ashraf Ghani, the Former Afganistan President has broken his silence from exile saying that he did not flee from his country to escape the Taliban militants.
Recall that Ghani left the country as Taliban forces entered Kabul on Sunday, August 15.
Despite debunking claims that he fled, he confirmed he is in the United Arab Emirates and fled his country to prevent bloodshed after advice from officials.
There were reports that Ghani fled with $169million in his cash-stuffed helicopter and has been given asylum in Dubai on ‘humanitarian grounds.
“What had happened 25 years ago in Afghanistan was going to take place again. That was why I fled because that needed to be avoided, a shameful development like that.
“The dignity of Afghanistan was important for me, and that was to be ensured, so I had to leave Afghanistan to prevent bloodshed, in order to make sure that a huge disaster (was) avoided.
“I left on the advice of government officials.
“Kabul should not be turned into another Yemen or Syria overpower struggle so I was forced to leave,” Ghani said.
Ghani stressed that he left Kabul with just a waistcoat and some clothes, adding that the allegation is a personality assassination against him.
“The accusations are baseless lies. You can even ask customs officials – they are baseless,” he added.
Ghani also mentioned that he hopes to return home to continue justice for Afghans.
“I’m in the UAE so that disasters are avoided. I’m in consultation with others until I (can) return so that I can continue my efforts for justice for the Afghans.
“I have no intention to remain in exile,”