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Account hacked, says Ashraf Ghani after Facebook post calls for Taliban recognition

Ghani subsequently issued a message on Twitter, claiming that the official Facebook page has been hacked since yesterday and that any information posted since then is invalid.

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Kabul, First Published Sep 27, 2021, 8:13 PM IST
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Following a demand to recognise the Taliban in a Facebook post from Ashraf Ghani's account, the former Afghan president stated his account was hacked on Monday. According to press sources, the article also advocated for assisting the Taliban, recognising the extremist Sunni Pashtun movement, and unfreezing Afghan assets. Ghani subsequently issued a message on Twitter, claiming that the official Facebook page has been hacked since yesterday and that any information posted since then is invalid.

“Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani's official Facebook profile has been hacked. The material uploaded on the Facebook page from yesterday onwards is no longer valid till it is retrieved,” a rough translation of a Pashto tweet stated.

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The Facebook post has now been removed, and the information could not be independently verified. Ghani claimed in a statement issued on September 8 after departing Kabul on August 15 that he departed the nation to "avoid a torrent of carnage." "As the Taliban seized the city, they completed a rapid attack across the country. Taliban insurgents have now taken control of the capital. According to three top Taliban officials, the militants have taken possession of the presidential palace and are holding a security conference in the capital.

Ghani stated that he felt "countless patriots would be murdered and Kabul would be devastated, if he'd stayed behind."

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The former Afghan president further stated that he would welcome an official audit or financial inquiry conducted under the auspices of the United Nations or any other relevant impartial organisation to verify the accuracy of his remarks. “My close aides are prepared to disclose their financial records to public scrutiny, and I would welcome and urge other former high officials and political leaders to do the same,” he added.

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