New Delhi: The Afghan Embassy’s press secretary in India, Abdulhaq Azad, on Monday claimed that the official Twitter handle of the embassy “seems” to have been hacked and that their “access has been lost”.
Azad’s remarks came just after a tweet, which has now been taken down, expressed “strong” displeasure over the country’s President Ashraf Ghani “running away” from the war-torn country to avoid a “bloodbath”.
Abdul Haq Azad said, “I have lost access to the Twitter handle of @AfghanistanInIN, a friend sent a screenshot of this tweet, (This tweet is hidden from me.) I have tried to log in but cannot access Can tweet.
Embassy sources said the unusual activity was detected on the Twitter account of the Afghan Embassy in India.
On Sunday, Ghani left the country to avoid “bloodbath” as Kabul fell to the Taliban and militants broke into Afghanistan’s presidential palace.
In his first remarks since leaving Afghanistan, Ghani said in a Facebook post that from now on the Taliban will be responsible for the “honour, wealth and protection” of the people of Afghanistan.
Ghani said he faced a “difficult choice” between an “armed Taliban” or “leaving the beloved country” that I devoted my life to defending for the past 20 years.
Earlier the same day, Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the Afghanistan Supreme National Reconciliation Council, addressed Ghani as the “former president” of Afghanistan in a video message posted on Twitter.
Abdullah called on Afghans to remain calm and said, “Hope this ‘difficult day and night’ will soon pass and people will see peaceful days.”
Taliban militants are controlling Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and have captured Rashtrapati Bhavan after the country’s President Ashraf Ghani fled to Tajikistan.
Reports suggest that the movement will soon announce the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Sunday that the Taliban had been asked to enter the capital, Kabul.
The Mujahid also said in an interview with Tolo News that the security situation in the city would remain under control.