Fawad Chaudhry hits out at Afghan leadership over Taliban takeover
Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry hits out at Afghanistan leadership and military, and questions about where the aid money had vanished which were supposed to be used to build the Afghan army all these years since American troops had taken over.
The minister lashed out when two more cities fell to the Taliban on Tuesday. Talking about the Afghanistan leadership, he stated that people in both countries Afghanistan and the US might be wondering where the huge $2 trillion was gone, which was supposed to be used to build the Afghanistan National Army.
He questioned, “How come all ministers and general became billionaires yet people of Afghanistan are suffering from poverty? Who is responsible for these sufferings?”
Pentagon says Afghanistan has the ability to defend itself
Pentagon spokesperson, John Kirby stated that the Afghan security forces do have the necessary resources to fight the Taliban, he also expressed his concern about the state of the war-torn country.
“I have the proof that they have a force of over 300,000 soldiers and police. They have a modern air force which we continue to contribute to. They have modern weaponry; they have an organizational structure. They have a lot of advantages that the Taliban don’t have. Taliban doesn’t have an air force, the Taliban don’t own airspace, they have a lot of advantages. Now, they must use those advantages. They must exert that leadership. And it’s got to come both from a political and from the military side,” Kirby had said.
Taliban take over two more cities
The Taliban won control of Farah city, capital of the same-named province, and Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan, within hours of each other, officials in both centers told AFP.
“The Taliban are now in the city,” Baghlan MP Mamoor Ahmadzai told AFP.
“They have raised their flag in the main square and on governor’s office building.”
The Taliban confirmed their takeover in separate tweets.
Six other provincial capitals have fallen since Friday in the country’s northern side, with the Taliban setting their sights on Mazar-e-Sharif, the region’s biggest city.