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The governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan describes how he escaped

Ajmal Ahmadi describes how it all began on August 6, when the city of Zaranj in the southwestern part of the country fell to the Taliban. A city that has grown rapidly since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, with the black and white trade widely spread near the borders with Iran and Pakistan.

With just under 25,000 inhabitants His downfall became the beginning of the House of Cards that followed him the next week as the Taliban took control of city after city and district after district, which was already in control of many parts of the countryside.

It was said that the order not to fight came from the top. Ahmadi wrote: “It’s hard to believe but the suspicion remains.” Twitter.

On August 12, Herat, Kandahar and Baghdad also fell, and the next morning the Central Bank ordered him not to accept foreign currencies. At the same time, many began to believe that he himself had left the country:

People started spreading out Rumors that I moved,” he writes.

On August 14, the central bank began to hold on tightly to its money. The people who wanted to take their savings could not do so and panic increased. The day before the fall of Kabul, Ajmal Ahmadi had a meeting with others at the bank and soon after that he learned that several employees had left their jobs.

“I was stunned. The security forces expected the Taliban to reach Kabul in 36 hours and to fall to the city in 56 hours. Then I started getting worried and bought tickets for Monday as a safety measure,” he writes.

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But everything went faster. When Ajmal Ahmadi arrived at the bank on Sunday, August 15, he decided to flee. “I was horrified when I left my staff,” says Ajmal.

Arriving at the international airport, he saw a number of famous politicians, and Ajmal Ahmadi decided to buy new tickets that would get him out of Afghanistan on the same day.

“The ground disappeared under my feet – the president had already left the country. I immediately understood that my flight would be canceled and everything would be chaos,” he wrote.

Instead, Ajmal Ahmadi succeeded Exit from Afghanistan on a plane used to evacuate Western embassies staff. Now he is in a country he does not want to abandon, afraid that the Taliban will pursue him.

“It would not have ended this way. I am disgusted by the lack of planning from Afghan leaders. I saw them leave the airport without informing others. I am also part of this. And I take my share of the responsibility,” he writes.

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