Taliban Sweeps Afghanistan: Kabul Citizens Flee; Traffic Snarls On Kabul Streets | India Today

Taliban Sweeps Afghanistan: Kabul Citizens Flee; Traffic Snarls On Kabul Streets | India Today

good evening our top focus story on the broadcast is taliban in control of afghanistan now also kabul afghanistan’s president ashraf ghani is to step down and hand over power to ali ahmad jalali interim caretaker head of afghanistan the taliban has now issued a formal statement promising they will not take kabul by force taliban’s deputy leader mullah is in kabul to negotiate transfer of power now taliban issued a statement saying they are on the outskirts of kabul they’ve surrounded kabul but they will not enter kabul and take control by force they will wait they will wait for ashraf ghani to step down and hand over power and par is being handed over to an interim administration to be led by ali ahmad jalali he of course is a u.s citizen a former diplomat in afghanistan has also been a former army officer in afghanistan but any ali ahmad jalali is the person who will head the interim administration now this is the time that ashraf ghani and others will hand over power perhaps leave or remain that remains to be seen then the interim administration will take control and perhaps by and by hand it over to the taliban regime and on your screens at this point of time we will show you images of chaos and fear on the streets of kabul taliban all set to occupy the seat of power in kabul and there is panic and desperation look at these images hear what people are saying there are long traffic jams after because people are desperately trying to escape they’ve rushed to atms they’re trying to withdraw money they’re trying to stock up and they’re trying to get to safety especially especially [Music] look at these images on your television screen low traffic jams massive traffic jams people actually and it’s and it’s actually painful when you hear some of the voices that are filtering out people want their families out of harm’s way they want their daughters their their women out of of as some say the clutches of the taliban already there are reports from other parts of of afghanistan in taliban control that girls over the age of 12 women under the age of 45 including in case they’re widows they’re being forcibly married off to taliban fighters there is another iconic image and this perhaps shows you america’s loss in afghanistan take a look at these two images on your television screen the first image is of 1975. that is where us lost in vietnam these are iconic images of saigon again the american embassy had to be evacuated by air the second image in 2021 in kabul just earlier today u.s marine choppers the chinook helicopters they had to evacuate diplomats and staff of the american embassy in kabul and they were all taken they’ve all been taken to the kabul air base you have 3 000 american soldiers who are already deployed there protecting it they will now fly the diplomats staffers and others out perhaps to qatar to doha first and then subsequently but as of now there’s an air bridge that is being established between kabul and doha joining me on india first is ambassador vivek our former ambassador in afghanistan also former secretary in the ministry of external affairs and lieutenant general rakesh sharma former ladakh or commander someone who studies this area very closely ambassador kaju did you expect kabul to collapse the way it did what happens to ashraf ghani now in your appreciation over the next several hours and days where is ashraf i think no one really knows is he at all in afghanistan as we speak that is the question mark so he’s just addressed he’s just addressed a press conference uh at the presidential palace uh uh saying that he’s trying to prevent uh further bloodshed a short while i mean they just said some time back no no sometime means what i’m sorry i’m raising a question you can address a press conference and leave so as of today let us not assume that he is in afghanistan he will may be but i’ve heard reports credible reports from senior afghan people personalities that he well may not be in afghanistan as we speak in any case there is a collapse of the ghani administration and now the ritual of a taliban taking over power has to be has to take place its mechanics is still not very clear but clearly they will form an administration they want to do it peacefully i suspect that the pakistanis the chinese and the russians want them to take it take over power peacefully because that would maintain international legitimacy they are also very careful in not taking on the americans as they haven’t taken them on in any combat after the deal the the u.s of uh taliban deal was signed on february 29th last year so uh this is the republic has more has collapsed let’s face it there is no republic today the scenes that you’ve been showing on your television regarding the capital of afghanistan are there for everyone to see so now the only question is how will the taliban enter what how what will they do will they co-opt others up in the administration certainly i’m i’m clear in my own mind that they will not allow anyone else to have a participation in any of the security sector institutions of afghanistan so that is what the situation is okay and you mentioned gaurav about the collapse of the afghan army there is a peculiar way of fighting war in afghanistan war fighting in afghanistan is fairly unique i haven’t known of great pitched battles or you know or the kind of cities being staged and defended all that is not part of the afghan tradition and i think military observers with due difference to general sharma i think military observers all over the world thought that a war fighting in afghanistan is like anywhere else i recollect i was at a webinar sometime back and i mentioned that war fighting in afghanistan is different and our military colleagues told me no no it’s much the same all over but this is the truth for anyone who knows they do deals money passes and if one side finds that it is uh you know fighting will be in wayne then they hand over up things peacefully some pace safe passages are given some not that is the confusion of war and one last point you mentioned that an interim administration with jalali will form now jalali is a gentleman for whom i have enormous respect i’ve known him for from my time as ambassador in kabul he was the minister of interior a man of great ability yes i’ve met him on track two processes thereafter for over many years i’m not sure whether whether they’ll actually be an interim administration whether the the uh taliban after the kind of success they’ve reached will uh will want jalali to head it so i think there is a degree of confusion there and we’ll just have to wait and watch what the next hours certainly 24 to 36 hours will clarify the situation it indeed will because the manner in which the speed at which it’s almost like a blizz of the way taliban came and they didn’t come in huge tanks and there was no cavalry charge they came on motorcycles and you know general sharma there was absolutely no resistance whatsoever and and any company commander any platoon commander could have cited two machine gun nests and halted the advance should they have wanted it it seems that this was a done deal seven courts 300 000 strong afghan army just gave up why would that happen thank you gaurav and happy independence day and to you sir now uh see we say there’s about three lakh uh soldiers that they had in the f1 national army uh my figures are about the lack of 80 thousand the army and the water lack and 20 000 of the police now uh the way the americans went about training them uh was more linked towards counter-terrorist operations which are two different things all together so the the quality of training and you know whether they made plans for um many other issues of creating the force whether you say that there were seven cores a core is about two to three brigades so you know you can’t link about a core which we have in india or in pakistan or in united states this is more like a curtail division you know they may the names are very high from codes etcetera but they were not of this kind they do not have artillery of this of the kind of authorizations we have so the fact of the matter is that this was a trained uh force for a trained force with tribal loyalties but largely trained to do counter terrorist officers they were not prepared to for the onslaughts they get the all-star can come in motorcycles so i or whichever manner but they were not trained for it and secondly i would also say that probably there was an unwritten dictat given out saying that they should not be civilian casualties so the either the soldiers melted away or joined taliban or went across to uzbekistan or whichever way it happened but there weren’t large number of civilian casualties in all the five major cities that that afghanistan has lost in the course of last week or so so the fact of the matter is that uh it seemed i mean if it was not read it seemed that everything was linked planned in a manner that they should be uh quietly hand over a partial taliban because the that always the agreement hand over power but handing over power also means that taliban now have access to all the american weapons the hundreds of humvees and rocket launchers and other weapons in all the armories of these of these formations but before i come to that aspect for a moment i want to take you down to kabul look at the humanitarian crisis on the streets of kabul
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