According to a former Army chief, Afghans who assisted the UK were abandoned by the UK government.
A FORMER Army general has criticised the government for failing to safeguard the safety of tens of thousands of Afghans who assisted British troops and officials.
Departments of the government are squabbling over who is to blame for leaving vulnerable individuals behind. General Lord Richard Dannatt, on the other hand, questioned why government had not interfered earlier, despite the fact that top army officers had flagged the issue repeatedly. “On the topic of those we knew were in danger, people who had worked for us, interpreters, former locally engaged civilians, this issue has been in the media,” he told Times Radio.
“This issue has been on legislators’ desks for two to three years, and it has surely been on their desks this year.
“In July, 45 senior officers wrote to the government, indicating that there are persons about whom they are concerned, and that if they do not act, their blood will be on our hands. It’s inexplicable why the government appears to have been sleeping on the job.”
Despite Taliban officials’ assurances, Afghans who worked for the British army or for UK-based organizations fear that they and their families will be tortured and assassinated for cooperating with western powers.
The British rescue mission in Afghanistan, Operation Pitting, saved 15,000 people, including 5,000 Britons and their families, as well as more than 8,000 Afghan former UK personnel and their families, according to the Ministry of Defence.
Some in the charity sector, however, estimate that up to 9,000 others with ties to the UK government may be left behind.
Those that remain are anticipated to travel to a third nation, such as Pakistan, Uzbekistan, or Tajikistan, to be resettled in the United Kingdom.
In the six months leading up to the crisis, Pakistani government officials told the Sunday Times that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had shown no interest in speaking with them or Afghan ministers.
Mr Raab, according to Foreign Office sources, spoke to Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi twice, once on August 22 and again on Friday.
Lord Dannatt urged an investigation after claiming that officials had not prioritized assisting Afghan friends.
“I believe the problem of Afghanistan sat on the backburner,” he remarked. Perhaps it started to emerge.
“But then it slipped off the cooker right onto the kitchen floor when the Taliban took over the country, and we had this chaotic extraction.”