The United States will verify allegations that then-President Ashraf Ghani took large sums of money with him when he left Afghanistan in the face of the Taliban’s seizure of power. News Reuters.
The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Spoko, said Wednesday that his office would investigate allegations against Gani.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 in the name of the war on terror. The US-led military coup overthrew the then-Taliban government. The United States was then involved in rebuilding Afghanistan. The United States left Afghanistan in August after 20 years.
Cigar has been investigating allegations of fraud, waste of resources and misuse of resources in Afghanistan since its reconstruction.
John Spocko, a member of the US House of Representatives, told a US House of Representatives sub-committee that the money laundering had not yet taken place. The allegation is being investigated. The U.S. Oversight and Government Reform Committee has instructed his agency to investigate the allegations.
John Spocko added that corruption is so rampant in Afghanistan that it threatens the country’s security and reconstruction process.
Other countries, including the United States, have cut off almost all aid since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. “This is a difficult time for those who care about the future of the Afghan people,” he said.
All US and Afghan cigar workers have been safely evacuated from Afghanistan, John Spocko said.
The Afghan capital, Kabul, fell to the Taliban on August 15. Gani fled Afghanistan on the eve of the fall of Kabul.
Ghani has been widely criticized for fleeing the country, leaving the Afghan people in a state of uncertainty. It was later alleged that he took a large amount of money with him when he left the country. However, Gani denied the allegation.