Taliban Place Ex-Afghan President Karzai under House Arrest, Remove His Security Cover

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has found himself effectively under house arrest in Kabul after the Taliban have reportedly removed his security cover taking away his security and confiscating his car, ANI News reports.

This leaves Karzai, along with the High Council for National Reconciliation chief Abdullah Abdullah, who shares his destiny after the Taliban searched his home on Wednesday, at the mercy of the movement that’s been in the process of forming a new government after seizing control of Kabul on August 15.

Taliban advances have resulted with a collapse of the Western-backed civilian government led by Ashraf Ghani after which Vice President Amrullah Saleh declared himself caretaker president and called for armed resistance against the Taliban.

Citing sources close to the Taliban leadership, Foreign Policy reported on Monday on their plans form a 12-man council to rule Afghanistan as an administration that is acceptable to the international community, including in it some pliant members of the former US-supported governments like Karzai and Abdullah.

Among the most powerful members of Taliban council are Taliban co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban founder’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, Mullah Mohammad Omar who created Taliban’s victorious military strategy as well as Khalil Haqqani of the notorious Haqqani network.

This shows that the Taliban plans for governing Afghanistan does not include recreation of such positions as president or even that of emir.

Afghanistan’s Ariana News TV channel reported on Wednesday that Karzai, Abdullah and the Islamic Party leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who created coordination council for the peaceful transition of power after the Taliban entered Kabul and held a series of meetings with the Taliban on the formation of inclusive government representing the entire Afghan society, were also planned to join the Taliban council.

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