Former Vice President and head of the Superior Council for National Reconciliation, Ashraf Ghani, said that by fleeing, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani “abandoned the nation.”
In response, Ghani argued that he left the country to avoid deaths. He stated that “countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be destroyed” if he remained.
He also admitted that the Taliban won. “Now he is responsible for the honor, ownership and self-preservation of his compatriots,” he said in a statement released by Facebook.
The U.S. National Weather Service said there was no risk of a tsunami for the U.S. West Coast from the earthquake. Hawaii Emergency Management said Hawaii faced no tsunami threat.
According to the Reuters news agency, Ghani has embarked for Tajikistan, which borders northern Afghanistan. Meanwhile, his interior minister, Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal, has ensured a “peaceful transfer of power”.
“Afghans need not worry, there will be no attack. There will be a peaceful transfer of power to a transitional government,” he said in a video.
The extremist group takes control of Kabul after the withdrawal of the US troops, who had been in the Afghan capital for 20 years, since the attacks of September 11, 2021.