A whistleblower alleged on Tuesday that Britain’s Foreign Office left lots of the nation’s allies in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s mercy in the course of the fall of the capital, Kabul, as a futile and arbitrary evacuation effort.
In devastating proof to a parliamentary committee, Rafael Marshall stated that 1000’s of requests for assist by way of e mail have been unread between August 21 and August 25. The former Foreign Office worker estimated that solely 5% of Afghan nationals who utilized to flee underneath a UK program acquired help. At one level, he was the one particular person monitoring the inbox.
“The inbox typically contained more than 5,000 unread emails at any one time, including several unread emails from early August,” he wrote to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. “These emails were desperate and urgent. I was struck by a slew of headlines, including phrases like ‘Please save my kids.'”
Former Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was transferred from the Foreign Office to develop into Justice Secretary after his dealing with of the disaster, defended his actions.
He advised the BBC, “Some of the criticism seems to be off the ground facts, the operational pressure with the Taliban takeover, the unexpected around the world…”. “I think there hasn’t been enough recognition of how difficult it was.”
The Taliban stormed throughout Afghanistan on the finish of the summer season, capturing all main cities in a matter of days, as Afghan safety forces educated and outfitted by the US and its allies melted away. The Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August.
Many working for the Western powers or the federal government nervous that the nation may plunge into chaos or the Taliban may launch vengeful assaults in opposition to them.
Many additionally feared that the Taliban would re-enact the tough interpretation of Islamic legislation they relied on once they ran Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. At that point, girls have been required to put on broad burqa and a male family member was accompanied at any time when they went out. , The Taliban banned music, lower off the palms of thieves and stoned the adulterers.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS