After Fleeing Kabul, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Family In UAE

After Fleeing Kabul, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Family In UAE

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in UAE with family after fleeing Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is hiding in UAE. (file photo)

New Delhi:

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. The UAE has given them asylum. The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday it was hosting “on humanitarian grounds” President Ashraf Ghani, who fled Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover. A brief statement by the UAE said, “The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family to the country on humanitarian grounds.”

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Ghani escaped from Afghanistan on Sunday before Kabul was closed after Taliban capture. Taliban insurgents continued to grow unopposed in the Afghan capital. In a Facebook post, Ashraf Ghani said that the “Taliban had won” and that he had to leave Afghanistan to prevent a “flood of bloodshed”.

There was no news of Ashraf Ghani’s whereabouts till Wednesday. There was speculation that he had fled to Tajikton, Uzbekistan or Oman.

This will not be the first time the oil-rich Gulf country has opened its arms to former leaders and their relatives, who are now persona non grata in their country. In 2017, the Emirate of Dubai hosted former Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia.

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos went into self-exile in the United Arab Emirates in August last year as questions were raised over the origins of his fate. The United Arab Emirates was the home of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto during his eight-year exile and before his assassination in Pakistan.

The UAE is one of three countries, including Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, that recognized the previous Taliban regime, which ruled from 1996 to 2001.

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