Younger brother of fugitive Afghan President Khashmat Ghani Ahmadzai told in an interview with India Today, why he supported the Taliban terrorist movement after he came to power in the country. According to Khashmat Ghani, the support of the Taliban will save Afghanistan from further bloodshed. He also believes that under the rule of the Taliban, it will be possible to form a coalition government. Hashmat Ghani called on various political forces to participate in this process.
The politician assured that although he accepted the Taliban regime, he would not become part of it. “The situation in Afghanistan is unbearable. We can play a supporting role, and for this, all parties must work together, ”he said.
At the same time, Hashmat Ghani criticized some Afghan politicians who have enjoyed the trust of the West in recent years. According to him, it was they who led the country to a “catastrophe”. Ghani named former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbeddin Hekmatyar and former President Hamid Karzai as examples.
Hashmat Ghani believes that there is no place for these politicians in the coalition government. “I asked the Taliban not to include people like Hekmatyar and Karzai. The West really wants to return Hekmatyar and Karzai. This is unacceptable. They destroyed the country, ”said Hashmat Ghani.
The brother of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani added that he is currently negotiating with Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the National Resistance Front, which operates in the Panjshir province. Representatives of this movement say they are ready to fight the Taliban with arms in hand. Hashmat Ghani says he mediates between the Taliban and resistance fighters.
The politician denied reports that his brother took a large sum of money with him while fleeing Afghanistan. “The plane (of Ashraf Ghani) landed in Uzbekistan and was searched. There was no money, ”said Khashmat Ghani.
He explained the act of his brother to the mortal danger that threatened him: allegedly a group of conspirators was going to kill Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. According to Khashmat, his brother could have told about it himself, but the UAE authorities, who gave him asylum, asked not to make “political statements.”
Note that on August 18 Ashraf Ghani published video message to the Afghan people in which he rejected accusations of fleeing with “millions of dollars in cash.” “I am accused of taking the money with me. But this is all a lie, I left the country in one shirt, turban and shoes and was able to take only a few books in one bag, ”the president said.
Ashraf Ghani added that he was making attempts to return to Afghanistan, for which he was negotiating, but did not specify with whom exactly.
Khashmat Ghani, 60, is the leader of the Grand Council of Kucha, an independent ethnic group in Afghanistan close to the Pashtuns. He was a candidate in the 2014 presidential election, which was won by Ashraf Ghani. Hashmat Ghani also heads the security conglomerate The Ghani Group, which provides security services to private and government clients. In addition, the holding is engaged in international trade, construction and real estate. The Ghani Group is headquartered in Kabul and one of its subsidiaries is located in Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates.
On August 21, a message appeared on Twitter of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban’s self-designation) that Hashmat Ghani had joined the Taliban. Also posted on social media videowhere Ghani shakes hands with Taliban leaders. The meeting was attended by Mufti Mahmoud Zakir and Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani, a senior member of the Haqqani Network, an Afghan terrorist organization that works with the Taliban.
Hashmat Ghani has previously issued a statement that since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, “there have been no casualties” and that “corruption was commonplace” when his brother ruled the country. writes RBC.