The taliban announced this Monday that they confiscated $ 6.5 million and various gold bars at the residence of the former Afghan vice president Amrullah Saleh in the northern province of Panjshir, From where led the resistance from this region, captured by Islamists almost a week ago.
The Taliban Troops “They found this large amount of money and gold bars yesterday when searching Amrullah Saleh’s residence in Panjshir province.“, assured to Efe the member of the Commission of Culture of the Taliban Mashal Afghan.
The money and gold were handed over to Taliban commander Mansour Agha, who leads Taliban forces in that area of Panjshir, where Saleh has his home, he said.
In a short video released by the Taliban you can see the combatants counting several suitcases full of banknotes and gold pieces in a room, where they then announce that they will deliver that money to superiors so as not to betray the “martyrs,” according to the Efe agency.
For now, neither Saleh nor anyone in his circle has defended himself against the accusations.
Corruption of officials and misuse of state property was one of the main criticisms made of the deposed Government of Afghanistan by the international community and Afghans.
Despite the efforts announced by the deposed President Ashraf Ghani, and his predecessor Hamid Karzai, the Afghan state failed to contain the corruption that plagued the system.
Saleh served as Ghani’s first vice president for the past year and a half, and prior to this he headed the main Afghan intelligence agency, the National Security Directorate (NDS).
Amrullah Saleh had fled to Panjshir province following the collapse of the Ghani government and his flight from the country on August 15, coinciding with the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.
Saleh quickly joined the National Resistance Front against the Taliban under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud, son of the legendary Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud.
Panjshir’s resistance forces faced the Taliban for 23 days, but the Islamists finally managed to capture much of the province on September 6.
With the fall of Panjshir, most of the resistance forces withdrew to the mountains and since then there is no precise information on the whereabouts of Saleh and Massoud, who could continue in the region or fled to neighboring Tajikistan.
Efe, HeelaTv, Youtube.