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Ali Ahmad Jalali to head interim govt in Afghanistan; President Ashraf Ghani to resign, surrender to Taliban

Taliban spokesman said that the militants are 'awaiting a peaceful transfer of Kabul city' after they entered the capital and gunshots echoed in Kabul.
 

Ali Ahmad Jalali to head interim govt in Afghanistan; President Ashraf Ghani to resign, surrender to Taliban-dnm
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Kabul, First Published Aug 15, 2021, 5:22 PM IST
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Ali Ahmad Jalali, former interior minister of the country will now head the interim government in Afghanistan as President Ashraf Ghani will resign within hours and relinquish power to the Taliban.

Earlier, a Taliban spokesman said that the militants are 'awaiting a peaceful transfer of Kabul city' after they entered the capital and gunshots echoed in Kabul.

Reuters said Ali Ahmad Jalali, US-Based academic and former Afghan minister is tapped to head the interim Afghan administration. He also served as the former Afghan ambassador to Germany.

"Poor leadership, lack of logistical sustainability, and absence of operational and tactical coordination has taken a heavy toll on the lives and reputation of the dedicated Afghan soldiers. The rapid fall of one-third of Afghanistan provincial capitals within one week belies the much-hyped claims of tenacity of the Afghan National Defense and security forces as they fast crumbled in the face of advancing insurgent fighters. This brings to mind an old military adage saying, “Those who governed well did not arm; those who were armed well did not draw battle lines; those who drew battle lines well did not fight; those who fought well did not lose; those who lost well did not perish," Ali Ahmad Jalali recently tweeted commenting on the recent escalation.

The Khaama Press News Agency reported that the Head of High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is said to be mediating the process.

Meanwhile, Afghan government delegation, including Abdullah Abdullah, will travel to Qatar today to meet with Taliban representatives, said Afghan government negotiator. 

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