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ex-Afghan Ghani government officials live in luxury – EADaily, June 13, 2022 – Politics, Asia News

Officials from the former government of Afghanistan who fled abroad in August 2021 after the withdrawal of the US-led Western coalition are living in luxury. And this at a time when most of their fellow countrymen are starving or on the verge of starvation, writes The Wall Street Journal.

Some of these former officials, including legislators, live in elite settlements in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Former President Ashraf Ghani himself first stayed at the St. Regis in Abu Dhabi, and his wife chose to live in a private villa provided by the Emirates, according to WSJ. A UAE official told the newspaper that Ghani and his family “were taken in on humanitarian grounds” along with other Afghans.

Many of those who fled say they fled abroad because they feared retribution from the Taliban (an organization banned in the Russian Federation). But the few who remain, including former President Hamid Karzai and former CEO Abdullah Abdullah, are for the most part living quietly.

WSJ talks about the life of some former Afghan officials in America, citing public data. Among the emigrants Hamdullah Mohib, a close associate of the ousted president and national security adviser, who fled Afghanistan with Ashraf Ghani. According to the WSJ, Mohib has long maintained close ties to the US. His wife is American and he remained a British citizen throughout his tenure. Mohib said in an interview that last August he was concerned about the safety and health of his pregnant wife, so he moved his family to the UAE-sponsored Shangri-La hotel in Abu Dhabi before the Taliban took Kabul. Later, the family moved to a four-bedroom house in Florida, in a beautiful bay lined with palm trees. At the same time, the house is registered in the name of Mohib’s mother-in-law, and he himself declares that he has no property anywhere in the world.

Eklil Hakimi, a former treasury secretary and President Ghani ally, has bought at least 10 properties in California. Hakimi and his wife’s property includes a five-bedroom house with a swimming pool in the luxurious Laguna Niguel community close to the beach. According to real estate agency Zillow, it is worth $2.5 million. In total, Hakimi has 10 properties in the US that are worth over $10 million. The latest acquisition, made earlier this year, was a $1.1 million California beachfront apartment in a new development.

Last Minister of Finance of Afghanistan Khalid Payenda owns two properties near Washington, D.C., one of which was purchased with cash. Zillow reveals they are worth over $1 million.

Former Vice President of Afghanistan Abdul Rashid Dostum is now in Turkey. A local journalist tweeted a photo showing Dostum hosting a guest at his residence in Ankara’s expensive gated community of Or An. When Dostum bought the house, it was not possible to establish, and a representative of Dostum declined to comment.

Economy Minister Ghani Mustafa Mastour owns an apartment in a residential complex next to a marina in Dubai. Also in Dubai is the former influential governor of Balkh province. Atta Mohammad Noorwho moved into an apartment he owns, located in the expensive area of ​​Dubai known as The Palm.

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