General amnesty and citizens fleeing Afghanistan 

The Afghan Taliban after take control of the Kabul last week after the US and coalition forces withdrawal from Afghanistan on July 1 has announced general amnesty for all including ousted former President Ashraf Ghani and former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, but it seems that ordinary Afghans, including the Afghan elite, do not consider his announcement credible or reliable.

Despite this, in the last ten days, more than 20 Afghans have lost their lives trying to leave Afghanistan. In other words, Kabul’s new potential rulers, who are trying to win the trust of governments around the world, but their own people are not ready to trust them in any way. Yes, that’s why some incredible and very tragic incidents are happening at Kabul Airport.

A similar tragic incident occurred on Sunday when a group of people tried to force their way into Kabul Airport, which the Taliban stationed there fired in the air to control, causing a stampede. As result, at least seven precious lives were lost and several others were rushed to hospital in critical condition. 

What else can be done but regret on these incidents? There is an urgent need to take steps to evacuate citizens from Kabul who want to leave Afghanistan at any cost. In this regard, the Afghan Taliban should also play a conciliatory role and in any case should refrain from violence or bloodshed of unarmed and innocent people because the Afghan Taliban are well aware of the fact that ordinary citizens have nothing to do with their rivals in Kabul. 
Once a general amnesty has been announced in Afghanistan, bloodshed must be avoided at all costs.

Similarly, whether it is the United States persuading various countries around the world to take steps or arrangements for Afghan refugees, or China, Russia and Britain who are optimism about the formation Afghan Taliban’s new government in Kabul, or the OIC, which has been pressuring Taliban not to harbor terrorists, should take steps, among other things, to evacuate Afghan citizens who want to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible. There is a need to formulate a plan of action, as well as a temporary stay until the time of evacuation to ensure the prevention of any untoward incidents at the airport.

Sajjad Ali

Sajjad Ali is the founder of Peshawar Today. He is a journalist by profession and working in field for the last ten years. Previously he worked for national media organizations including ‘The Nation’ Daily Pakistan Today, Khyber News. He also worked in media development sector. He can be reached at

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