Afghanistan’s self-proclaimed acting president has told Euronews that the Taliban rule will not last long because its methods are “unacceptable to the people.”
Amrullah Saleh was vice president before the Taliban takeover earlier this month, prompting President Ashraf Ghani to flee.
Saleh, speaking from the Panjshir Valley, an area of the country that is not currently under Taliban control, told Euronews: “The law of the Taliban is the Islamic Emirate, unacceptable to the people of Afghanistan and the choice of a Leading by a group is unacceptable. It is impossible for the Taliban regime to last long in Afghanistan. “
He also claimed that the Taliban were behind Thursday’s terror attack at the Kabul airport, which killed more than 100 Afghans and 13 American soldiers. The so-called Islamic State group in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack.
When asked why he did not flee the country, like Ghani, he said: “I am a soldier of Ahmad Shah Massoud and, in his dictionary, there is no flight, exile and leaving the nation in bad times.
“If I had escaped, I could have been physically alive, but as soon as I reached any corner of the world, I would have died instantly.”
Massoud, Saleh’s guru, was posthumously named a national hero by former President Hamid Karzai, for his heroism in fighting against the Soviet army and the Taliban.
He was assassinated two days before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Saleh and his resistance front are located in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, the only area that the Taliban could not control during their last rule over the country, and Massoud’s birthplace.
But while he is there, the last foreign troops are leaving the country, and the Taliban he was sure would be defeated are forming a government.
One decision that appears to have strengthened the Taliban forces was the release of thousands of prisoners by the Afghan government.
“I am not a perfect human being,” he told Euronews. “But in my position as vice president, I could not veto that decision. Unfortunately, the Americans asked us in a very wrong and undiplomatic way to release these prisoners and threatened to cut off economic, military and arms aid to Afghanistan. We made it clear that if we released these prisoners, they would fight us again. “
“We knew for two or three days that the Taliban wanted to end the airport disaster with a series of attacks,” he said.
“Word got out that ISIL wanted to carry out bombings. The Taliban are behind today’s (Thursday) attack. “
He also accused Pakistan of giving orders to the Taliban, whom he called a “proxy group” of the country.
According to Saleh, the Taliban have “neither external nor internal legitimacy”, and will soon face a “deep military crisis”, with areas other than Panjshir increasing resistance against them.
He added that the European Union “must assume its moral responsibility and support for the Afghan National Resistance, politically and morally.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism