Ashraf Ghani resigns as Afghanistan president, leaves Kabul: reports

Ashraf Ghani resigns as Afghanistan president, leaves Kabul: reports

Kabul (Web Desk): Ashraf Ghani has resigned as Afghanistan’s president and has left Kabul after the Taliban readied its forces on outskirts of the Afghan capital from all sides on Sunday.

“Sources said President Ghani has left the country,” said Tolo News in a tweet.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said fighters were remaining on the capital’s outskirts and would not try to enter the city by force.

“Our forces have not entered Kabul city, and we just issued a statement saying that our forces will not enter Kabul city,” Shaheen said in a statement. “We are talking and awaiting a peaceful transfer – a transition of the capital city,” he added.

“Negotiations are under way to ensure that the transition process is completed safely and securely, without compromising the lives, property and honour of anyone, and without compromising the lives of Kabulis,” read the statement.

Taliban will takeover of Kabul nearly 20 years after relinquishing power in an American-led assault.

Acting Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said Kabul will not be attacked and that the transition will happen peacefully. He assured Kabul residents that security forces will ensure the security of the city.

Meanwhile, on Sunday former President Hamid Karzai met with Abdullah Abdullah, head of the reconciliation council, Karzai’s office said.

In the meeting, they discussed the necessary requirements to send an authoritative delegation to Qatar for negotiations with the Taliban.

On Saturday, Ghani and political leaders agreed to appoint an authoritative delegation to negotiate further steps in the transition with the Taliban.