Ex-NSA apologizes in BBC interview on fall of Kabul

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Hamdullah Mohib, former National Security Advisor (NSA) for the republic government, apologized during an interview focused on the collapse of the Afghan government.

“Anything that is related to my failures, I take full responsibility for it and apologize for it, and I hope everyone involved will be able to come forward and explain … the situation … we owe it to the Afghan people, we owe it to history, we owe it to the partnership and the sacrifices that we made that we clear the history and learn from it so that we can offer a better future to the Afghan people.”

Mohib continued: “There was a plan for a negotiating team to go to Doha, and I myself was negotiating that, on the day when things unraveled at a very fast phase, the best thing we could do was to ensure that, one, we save our own city, we save the people that are in that city. Yes, it was disastrous, many people had to flee, but imagine if there was street to street fighting, those people who actually left would not have been able to leave either.”

“Today our neighbor, whose evil goals are evident to Afghans and the world, is using a power-mongering group to once again weaken Afghanistan, and to once again gain more territory, which it cannot. And if it cannot do anything, it would own the part that was used as a tribal area and would remove the tribal people,” Mohib said on May 13.

Qureshi, meanwhile, defended Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace by mentioning the recent trip to Kabul by the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and other high-ranking officials.

“Imran Khan goes to Kabul for peace, Gen. Bajwa goes to Kabul for peace, the ISI chief goes to Kabul for peace, the foreign minister goes to Kabul for peace, and you are comparing Pakistan to a ‘brothel house’? You should be ashamed, and you should regret your words.”

Quoting diplomatic sources, VOA last month reported that Pakistan has stopped its official contacts with Mohib.

Afghan experts reacted to his comments: “Mohib appeared on TV and apologized, he once again poured dust in the eyes of nation, and the nation will never forgive him,” said Sayed Haroon Pacha, political analyst.

“Those who were involved in the collapse of Afghanistan and had high positions should come and apologize for their actions,” said Diwa Patang, a women’s rights activist.

On August 15, many officials of the former republic government fled Afghanistan when the Islamic Emirate took control of Afghanistan.

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