Afghan bank governor Ahmady, reveals US left too quickly

Written by on August 18, 2021

The central bank governor who fled Afghanistan this weekend has told the newsmen he wished the country had been left with more time to plan for the withdrawal of US troops.

Ajmal Ahmady said it was the Americans’ right to leave, even though most Afghans wished they had stayed.
But he said there should have been a “longer timeline to implement it”.

He also rejected President Biden’s assertion that the Afghan military had failed to fight for its country.

“I would qualify this as perhaps an intelligence victory, a victory where they were able to convince or make deals with people to surrender.”

The former central bank governor, who had also held a brief as Afghanistan’s minister for industry and commerce, accepted that wide scale corruption in the country had been a contributing factor to undermining confidence in the authorities.

Credit: BBC

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