As Taliban encircles Kabul, Afghan President says he seeks to avoid further bloodshed

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said he has commenced with talks on how to unite the country and prevent further bloodshed, as the Taliban tightened their grip, seizing additional provincial capitals.

Mr. Ghani, in his first public remarks since the Taliban swept through southern and western Afghanistan, capturing the major cities of Kandahar and Herat, said his priority is to remobilize the Afghan security forces that surrendered en masse. “As a historic responsibility, I am trying to not let the war that has been imposed on the Afghan people cause the further killing of innocents, the loss of 20 years of achievement, the destruction of public institutions and longstanding instability,” Mr. Ghani said in a video message posted on social media.

Mr. Ghani has come under growing pressure from Afghan politicians to resign and allow a transitional government headed by someone else to negotiate a cease-fire with the Taliban and prevent the storming of Kabul, the country’s capital. He gave no indication he intends to do so, at least not at this stage.

Former finance minister Dr Omar Zakhilwal tweeted the following “Afghanistan once again is at a cross road of a struggle between state survival and a deeper crisis. Over the past 7 years Dr. Ashraf Ghani ran the Afghan State like a private fiefdom.” Afghan negotiators, the Taliban, the U.S. and other nations are engaged in discussions in Doha, Qatar, on how to find a political settlement to the war, with the removal of Mr. Ghani being a key Taliban demand.



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