Chaos at Kabul airport as Afghans try to flee Taliban


Kabul – August 16 (Online): Media on Monday reported chaos at Kabul airport as several people were killed during an attempt to flee after the Taliban takeover by force in Afghanistan.
More than 60 countries have issued a joint statement calling on the Taliban to allow people to leave.
Afghanistan’s former president Ashraf Ghani has fled his country, reportedly to Uzbekistan, Afghan media reported.
The Taliban now has the control over Afghan presidential palace and effectively their rule resumes, twenty years after they were sacked, through a US invasion.
They swept into Kabul ‘from all sides’ on Sunday, they were unopposed and no resistance was shown by the Afghan troops.
The Taliban has taken control of Afghan national television and started broadcasting it.
Kabul was the last major city in Afghanistan to hold out against a Taliban offensive that began months ago but accelerated in recent days as they gained control of territories, shocking many observers.
The Islamist group was able to seize control after most foreign troops pulled out.
At the weekend US President Joe Biden defended the withdrawal of American troops, saying he could not justify an “endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict”.
More than 60 countries, including the US and the UK, have issued a joint statement saying the Afghan people “deserve to live in safety, security and dignity”, and that security and civil order should be immediately restored.
They also called on the Taliban to allow anyone who wishes to depart to do so, and to keep roads, airports and border crossings open.
A Taliban spokesman said people would be allowed to return home from the airport, Reuters reported.
On Sunday Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban negotiator in Qatar, told the BBC that properties and lives were safe. “We are the servants of the people and of this country,” he said.