Kabul, Afghanistan – The departure of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani from the nation has left many within the nation feeling angered and confused because the Taliban armed group appeared to retake energy 20 years after it was toppled in a United States-led navy invasion.

Late on Sunday, it was introduced that Ghani had left the nation with a number of members of his cupboard.

“The previous President of Afghanistan has left Afghanistan … He has left the nation on this state [for that] God will maintain him to account,” Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the Excessive Council for Nationwide Reconciliation, mentioned in a video posted to his Fb web page.

The collapse of the Western-backed authorities in Kabul comes within the wake of Taliban blitzkrieg that started on August 6 and led to the seize of greater than two dozen Afghan provinces by Sunday morning.

Ghani is gone, however the 38 million individuals of Afghanistan stay.

A feminine rights activist

A few of the final provinces to fall had been within the nation’s east, with the town of Jalalabad being the final of the nation’s main cities to be captured by the Taliban after a deal was struck between native elders, the governor and members of the armed group.

A ‘shame’

A politician from an jap province, who wished to stay nameless, described Ghani’s departure as a “shame”.

The politician accused Ghani of “mendacity to the individuals this complete time” and of “conserving the Afghan individuals at nighttime”.

The politician pointed to Ghani’s pre-taped assertion on Saturday for instance of mendacity to the Afghan individuals. In that tackle, Ghani, who seemed to be studying from a teleprompter, promised to “focus on stopping growth of instability, violence and displacement of my individuals”, nevertheless, inside just a few hours of that tackle two of Afghanistan’s greatest cities – Jalalabad and Mazar-i-Sharif – fell to the Taliban.

References to Ghani mendacity or conserving secrets and techniques had develop into much more commonplace over the past two months, when first districts, and later provinces, started falling to the Taliban.

Early on Sunday, hours earlier than Ghani’s departure, Atta Mohammad Noor, the highly effective former commander of the northern province of Balkh, accused the federal government of a “huge organised and cowardly plot”.

Noor, who had been a longtime critic of Ghani, was making reference to the rising perception that the autumn of districts and provinces in current weeks was a part of some form of untold plan that the federal government might have been on however saved from the individuals.

Final month, Ismail Khan, a former mujahideen commander from the western province of Herat, informed Al Jazeera the identical factor, claiming there was a “plot” behind the downfall of districts within the nation.

Ghani’s legacy

By the next night, Ghani had left the nation with no phrase.

A former member of the Nationwide Safety Council says although the president’s departure was “comprehensible” given the quagmire Ghani had discovered himself in, he was nonetheless disillusioned by the swift nature of all of it.

Nonetheless, he mentioned Ghani selecting to not be seen in public since a pre-taped tackle, was “unpatriotic and unhappy”.

Of Ghani’s legacy, the previous NSC official, mentioned, “He brought on chaos inside the area, divided the individuals, created hostility amongst the ethnic teams and broke democracy.”

Each of Ghani’s election victories in 2014 and 2019, had been mired with controversy and accusations of fraud and required settlements together with his high rival, Abdullah.

A feminine rights activist says that Ghani, and his departure, shouldn’t be the main focus going ahead.

“Ghani is gone, however the 38 million individuals of Afghanistan stay.”

She mentioned no matter Ghani might or might not have performed, the onus is now on the Taliban to point out that they’ve modified from their strict close to six-year rule.

“The ladies and men of this nation deserve a dignified life,” she mentioned pointing to the Taliban, who’re poised to have some function in a future Afghan authorities. “They need to show their Afghanhood by exhibiting that they may supply us one thing completely different from the previous.”

Throughout its rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban imposed harsh restrictions, together with on girls who (excluding docs) weren’t allowed to work or examine. Males additionally had their apparel, grooming habits, prayers and different components of their private lives strictly monitored.

A former ambassador says, “Historical past gained’t bear in mind him [Ghani] kindly.”

The previous ambassador’s criticism appears to echo Abdullah’s phrases concerning the present unsure state of affairs of the nation and Ghani’s personal function in creating it.

“Being president, he noticed the writing on the wall for a while. He might have managed an orderly and peaceable political transition earlier than leaving the nation. He didn’t,” mentioned the previous ambassador.

However one of many harshest criticisms for Ghani’s seemingly sudden departure got here on-line, from former intelligence chief, Rahmatullah Nabil. Nabil, who ran towards Ghani and Abdullah within the 2019 polls, took to Twitter to name the president out.

“Over these seven years, it was confirmed to everybody that no matter he mentioned to the individuals, he at all times did the other!”