Taliban have claimed to recover gold and money worth $6.5 million from the house of former Vice President of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh.
Video of the Taliban stacking gold bricks and money into bags has been making rounds on social media. The video has garnered massive attention on social media as netizens slam Saleh for allegedly looting the public money.
Indian analyst, Ashok Swain, also commented on the issue. In a tweet, he said that both former President Ashraf Ghani and Amrullah Saleh had fled Afghanistan with $169 million.
President Ashraf Ghani had fled Afghanistan with $169 million. His Vice President, Amrullah Saleh had so much that he even left $6.5 million in cash & gold bricks at home before fleeing. These are the people ruling a country for the US, whose 90% population live below $2 a day.
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) September 13, 2021
“President Ashraf Ghani had fled Afghanistan with $169 million. His Vice President, Amrullah Saleh had so much that he even left $6.5 million in cash & gold bricks at home before fleeing. These are the people ruling a country for the US, whose 90% population live below $2 a day,” said Ashok Swain on Twitter.
Social media users asserted that unchecked corruption and money laundering caused the fall of the Afghan government.
Saleh accuses Pakistan of supporting Taliban
Last month, in an interview, former vice president Amrullah Saleh had claimed that the Taliban received direct and indirect support from Pakistan and the United States. The US also blackmailed Afghanistan to release prisoners who have now become Taliban leaders.
This is the money and gold found inside @AmrullahSaleh2's home. The vice president of one of the poorest countries around the world (where the economy entirely depends on aid) left $6,5 million behind like it's loose change. pic.twitter.com/er5vJOrDSs
— Sangar | سنګر پیکار (@paykhar) September 13, 2021
He said that “Pakistan was not just a sanctuary or safe haven for the Taliban in all these years. The entire country was at the service of the Taliban, who used the neighboring country as their support base.”
He further explained, “The United States kept on paying money to Pakistan. The more they paid, the more Pakistanis became benevolent to the Taiban, Amrullah said in an exclusive interview to a television channel on Wednesday when he was asked why the Afghan Army crumbled so easily in front of the Taliban offensive.”