The mysterious whereabouts of the leader of the Taliban resistance faction

That is the statement of Mr. Zahir Aghbar, the ambassador of Afghanistan in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on September 8. Mr. Aghbar was an ambassador under the administration of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Mr. Aghbar said he was in regular contact with Mr. Saleh but was unable to contact the protest leaders for security reasons.

Mr. Aghbar said: “Mr. Ahmad Shah Massoud and Amrullah Saleh have not been to Tajikistan. It is not true that Mr. Massoud has left Panjshir, he is still in Afghanistan. I am also in regular contact with Mr. Amrullah Saleh, who is now in Panjshir. and run the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”.

Last month, the Taliban took power in Afghanistan and recently claimed control of the Panjshir valley, Afghanistan’s last province, although the anti-Taliban forces have yet to admit defeat.

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The Afghan Ambassador to the capital Dushanbe-Tajikistan spoke on September 8. Photo: Reuters

Meanwhile, former President Ghani, who left the capital Kabul before the Taliban took control, apologized to the people.

Mr. Ghani said on September 8: “I owe the people of Afghanistan an explanation for suddenly leaving Kabul on August 15 after the Taliban suddenly entered the city. I left at the urging of forces. security forces at the presidential palace. They advised me that continuing to stay risks starting a terrible war in this city, similar to the civil war in the 1990s.”

Ghani said leaving the capital Kabul was the hardest decision of his life, but he believed it was the only way to stop the shooting and save Kabul and its six million people.

Former President Ghani said: “I apologize to the people of Afghanistan for not being able to end things differently. My commitment to the people of Afghanistan has never wavered and will guide me for the rest of my life. “. Ghani also denied allegations that he took millions of dollars belonging to the Afghan people while fleeing Kabul as completely untrue.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with his counterparts on September 8. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China

In a related development, speaking at an online meeting with his Pakistani counterparts, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on September 8, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would provide medical aid. 200 million yuan ($31 million) for Afghanistan, including food aid and 3 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Wang stressed that China will work with countries in the region to help Afghanistan rebuild its economy and society, as well as fight terrorist groups and prevent drug trafficking.

Wang also called on the Taliban to take concrete actions to prevent terrorism, and called on all sides to strengthen intelligence sharing and border control.

China’s foreign minister stressed that the US and its allies should have a full obligation to provide economic and humanitarian aid to the Afghan people for “causing problems in Afghanistan”.

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