New Delhi: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country for Tajikistan, a senior interior ministry official said on Sunday as reported by Reuters.
Former President Hamid Karzai has meanwhile assured the people in a message that he will stay in the country. He is urging people to stay home and is trying to resolve the issue through dialogue, TOLO News reported.
Ashraf Ghani has left Afghanistan along with his close aides, TOLO News reported sources as saying.
According to the report, sources close to the Taliban revealed that it agreed for Ghani to resign after a political agreement and hand the power to a transitional government.
Taliban insurgents on Sunday entered the outskirts of the capital city causing panic and fear among the residents.
In a matter of days, the Taliban swept through major parts of Afghanistan, seizing control of around 25 of the 34 provincial capitals, including key cities such as Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad.
The Afghan Presidential Palace had gone on Twitter to assure that the situation is under control in Kabul and it has not been attacked, albeit instances of sporadic gunshots have been reported.
It stated the Afghan security forces are working with their international partners to ensure the security of Kabul.
“Kabul has not been attacked. The country’s security and defence forces are working together with international partners to ensure the security of the city and the situation is under control,” the statement in Pashto informed.
Earlier today, Associated Press quoted an Afghan official as saying that the Taliban negotiators are heading to the presidential palace to prepare for a “transfer” of power.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had urged government forces to maintain law and order in Kabul, AFP reported.
Taliban spokesperson has told AFP that they want a peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan in the “next few days”.