Taliban militants plan to soon announce the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, informs Associated Press citing Taliban spokesman.
The Taliban are slated to make this announcement from the presidential palace in Kabul. Earlier, there were reports that the militants had already occupied this palace, transfers Interfax. This is what the Afghan state was called during the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001. Subsequently, US forces in the framework of the campaign against terrorism arrived in Afghanistan and deprived the Taliban of power.
Taliban militants previously said there would be no transitional government in Afghanistan. The Taliban intend to take full power into their own hands.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said some areas of Kabul were already under Taliban control. The Taliban explain their actions by the desire to prevent chaos and rampant crime on the city streets. “There is a risk of theft and robbery,” Mujahid wrote on Twitter.
For his part, Afghan Interior Minister Abdul Satar Mirzakwal announced on Sunday that a curfew would be in force in Kabul to prevent chaos and save the lives of Kabul’s citizens, Khaama Press reported. The curfew will be in effect from 21:00, it applies to all areas of the city. The minister also asked residents to remain calm and comply with the orders of the authorities.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and flew to Tajikistan, informs Asia-Plus citing Afghan official Sajad Nuristani. According to him, Ashraf Ghani is accompanied by his national security adviser Hamdullah Muhib and the head of the administration Fazl Mahmoud Fazli.
From Tajikistan, Ghani is to fly to a third country, the name of which is not yet known. The Russian Embassy in Afghanistan confirmed the departure of Ashraf Ghani.