KABUL: Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country with billions of dollars before falling to the Taliban.
Brigadier General Piraz Ata Sharfi, who went underground after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, made the shocking revelation in an interview with Britain’s Mail Online.
“I have one [CCTV] Recording [from the palace] Which shows that a person in the Afghan bank brought a lot of money before Ghani left.
“Millions, maybe billions of dollars. There were many big bags and they were heavy.
He maintained that the money should be for the currency exchange market, adding that dollars were brought in every Thursday for this purpose.
“Instead, it was taken by the president. Ghani knew what would happen in the end. So he took all the money and ran away.”
The Afghan general said he never thought the president would do that. He said he would share evidence when he was in a safe place.
On August 16, the general tried to reach the airport but failed. Since then, his extended family of 14 members, including his university-educated wife and three children, the youngest of whom is nine months old, has been on the run.
The president never told them he was leaving, adding that “they just ran away and left me behind.”
Refreshing his memories, General Sharifi said that on August 15, he left home as usual to go to work at the presidential palace.
“Then I went to the defense ministry before the president. He had to go to talk about Kabul’s defense (against the approaching Taliban).
“One of my tasks was to disarm the soldiers on guard in the ministry for the security of the president,” the general said.
“We were waiting for the president there. But then I got a call that the president went to the airport instead of coming to the defense ministry.
He said that the defense minister had also fled.
Sharifi said he had a gun and a bullet. If the Taliban come here, I will kill myself. If they catch me, they will kill me.
Posters have appeared on Taliban security positions throughout Kabul, saying they are wanted.
They show the general’s mug shot and the following words, “[This is] General Piraz Sharifi, also known as ‘Ata’.
“One million Afghans is rewarded for such information.” One million Afghanis is equivalent to 10,000.