Amid Taliban attacks, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may step down, leave country: Report

Kabul: Amid consistent attacks by the Taliban, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday addressed the nation in a registered message, saying the country is under great threat due to the Taliban’s takeover, but he reiterated that the situation is under control. According to a News18 report, Ghani is likely to announce his resignation, but TOLO News said he did not stop.Also read – Afghanistan maps show cities that have fallen into the hands of the Taliban

“I assure you that as your president, I am my focus on preventing further instability, violence and repression of people. “I will not allow imposed war against Afghans to bring further killings, loss of the last 20 years of gains, destruction of public property,” Ghani said in his speech. Read also – With the Taliban at Kabul’s doorstep, embassies for evacuations from Afghanistan are urgent

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He said that in the current situation, it is his highest priority to mobilize the Afghan security and defense forces.

Ghani’s appeal to the nation comes at a time when the Taliban are tightening their territorial stranglehold around Kabul with the country’s second and third largest cities having fallen into rebel hands.

According to reports, President Ghani was in doubt about stopping as part of an ‘urgent ceasefire’ that the government had tried to strike with the Taliban.

The reports also suggested that President Ghani may travel to a “third country” with all his family members after leaving office. However, Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president of Afghanistan, is not keen on the move.

According to the latest updates, Taliban fighters are now camped just 50 kilometers away, with the United States and other countries fearing a total attack on their citizens in Kabul.

In addition, the Taliban have conquered much of northern, western and southern Afghanistan and are now fighting government forces just 11 kilometers south of the capital, Kabul.

Lightning strikes less than three weeks before the United States is set to withdraw its last forces after nearly 20 years of war. Ghani and other top officials in the Western-backed government have been largely silent about the recent gains of the rebels.

The Taliban have captured large parts of southern Afghanistan in recent days in a rapid offensive that has raised fears of a full takeover. Their lightning progress has left the Western-backed government in control of a bit of provinces in the center and east as well as Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.

The Taliban, meanwhile, released a video in which a named insurgent announced the takeover of the main radio station in the southern city of Kandahar, which fell to the rebels earlier in the week.

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