Ghani pledged to fight till death but fled: Blinken

New Delhi: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani promised to fight till death but fled Kabul when the Taliban came and captured the capital city, Dawn reported.

In a CBS News interview, Blinken was asked if he had personally tried to persuade Ghani to stay in Kabul.

The Secretary of State said he was on the phone with Ghani on Saturday (August 14) night, pressing him to accept a plan for transferring power to a new government in Kabul.

This government would have been “led by the Taliban but (would have) included all aspects of the Afghan society”, he said.

Ghani told him that “he was prepared to do that, but if the Taliban wouldn’t go along, he was ready to fight to the death”, Blinken said. “And the very next day, he fled Afghanistan.” The Taliban captured Kabul on August 15 as Ghani flew out of Afghanistan.

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