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Former Afghan minister becomes pizza delivery boy in Germany

Afghan's former Communications Minister was recently spotted delivering pizza in Germany. A German journalist took his picture and released it on social media. Later, the former minister confirmed that he indeed delivers pizza for a living.

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A former Afghan minister has been spotted delivering pizza in Germany. Syed Ahmad Shah Saadat, former Information Minister of Afghanistan, has become a pizza delivery boy in Germany a year after he left his position.

In a viral picture circulating on social media, Ahmad Shah Saadat is seen wearing orange-colored clothes. He could be seen hanging a bag on his back in the picture. A German journalist took his picture and released it on social media. The journalist said that he had spotted him on the street of Leipzig.

“A few days ago, I met a man who claimed to have been the Afghan communications minister for two years ago. I asked what he was doing in Leipzig. ‘I’m driving out of Essen for Lieferando’ [the man told the journalist],” the journalist wrote on the microblogging site, Twitter.

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When interviewed by Sky News, Ahmad Shah Saadat, confirmed that the viral pictures are his.

Syed Ahmad Shah Saadat on Ashraf Ghani

Syed Ahmad Shah Saadat had joined the Ashraf Ghani-led Afghan government in 2018. He first served as the Afghanistan information and technology and later resigned in 2020. He arrived in Germany in December last year.

He was asked about the downfall of the Ashraf Ghani government. To which he responded that “The fall of the Ashraf Ghani government so quickly, was not expected.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had fled the country on Sunday to “prevent a flood of bloodshed”, as the Taliban entered the capital, capping a lightning offensive across the country.

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Taliban have now entered the capital. Three senior Taliban sources told AFP that they had taken control of the presidential palace and were holding a meeting on security in the capital.

Ghani said he believed “countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be destroyed” if he had stayed behind.