Afghan Central Bank Chief Flees Kabul, Blaming Ghani for Chaos | World News

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The head of Afghanistan’s central financial institution has fled Kabul, questioned the loyalty of Afghan safety forces and blamed President Ashraf Ghani and his inexperienced advisors for the nation’s swift and chaotic fall to the Taliban.

In a Twitter thread on Monday detailing how he labored on the financial institution till militants had been on the gates of town, Acting Governor Ajmal Ahmady additionally mentioned that U.S. greenback provides had been dwindling and described escaping the capital on a army flight.

“On Sunday I began work. Reports throughout morning were increasingly worrisome. I left the bank and left deputies in charge. Felt terrible about leaving staff,” he mentioned.

“It did not have to end this way. I am disgusted by the lack of any planning by Afghan leadership. Saw at airport them leave without informing others.”

Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday as Taliban militants entered Kabul nearly unopposed.

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Their arrival, barely per week after they captured faraway provincial capital Zaranj, was disorienting, mentioned Ahmady, 43.

He was appointed performing governor of Afghanistan’s central financial institution simply over a 12 months in the past, having beforehand labored on the U.S. Treasury, the World Bank and in personal fairness, in line with a brief biography posted on a authorities web site.

“Seems difficult to believe, but there remains a suspicion as to why (Afghan National Security Forces) left posts so quickly,” Ahmady mentioned, referring to claims by some pro-government militia leaders of that the military’s capitulation in northern Afghanistan was the results of a conspiracy.

“There is something left unexplained.”

Ahmady didn’t reply to Reuters’ emails and messages looking for remark. His remarks had been posted from his verified Twitter account. A World Bank supply who has been in correspondence with Ahmady mentioned the account was real.

As the Taliban superior, Ahmady mentioned Afghanistan’s forex markets had been in a panic, particularly after the central financial institution on Friday was informed it might not obtain any extra {dollars}, driving the worth of Afghanistan’s forex, the Afghani, sharply decrease.

“I held meetings on Saturday to reassure banks and money exchangers to calm them down. I can’t believe that was one day before Kabul fell,” Ahmady mentioned. He mentioned the forex dropped so far as 100 to the greenback, a fall of about 23%, earlier than stabilising at 86.

Ahmady mentioned he boarded a army plane amid chaos on the tarmac after a business flight he booked was swamped with passengers. It was unclear which army aircraft he boarded and he didn’t point out his vacation spot.

“There was a rush. Some shots were fired. Somehow, my close colleagues pushed me on board,” he mentioned. Ghani’s lack of planning and failure to recognise the shortcomings of his advisers had been the federal government’s undoing, Ahmady mentioned.

“Once president’s departure was announced, I knew within minutes chaos would follow. I cannot forgive him for creating that without a transition plan.

“He himself had nice concepts however poor execution. If I contributed to that, I take my share of the blame.”

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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