Highlights:

  • Afghan leaders have criticized Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ Afghanistan born special envoy
  • The former chief of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) named Khalilzad a ‘con-mam’
  • He was appointed as US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, by the former US President Donald Trump in September 2018

Afghan leaders and civilians have criticized Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States’ Afghanistan-born special envoy, as he resigned from his position on Monday. His resignation follows almost two months after the US evacuated the war-torn nation to end its two decades military presence in Afghanistan.

Rahmatullah Nabil, the former chief of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) named Khalilzad a ‘con-man’. Nabil tweeted, “Finally, he has been expelled from the scene after dragging Afghanistan into an irreversible catastrophe.”

On the other hand, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, the former Afghan foreign minister slammed Khalilzad for his “destructive role in a shameful process”. He stated, “In this process, he had the support of some naïve politicians and chauvinist circles. Now, we are confronted with a bunch of violent anti-civilized hurdles.”

Reportedly, multiple residents of Kabul, Afghanistan blamed the outgoing US special envoy for taking the country into its present crisis. Some expressed that Khalilzad betrayed them and brought them into the crisis. A resident voiced, “His mission is a failure. For us, he is evil, and the current bad situation has resulted due to his actions.”

Khalilzad was born in Mazar-i-Sharif. He was appointed as US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, by the former US President Donald Trump in September 2018. Reportedly, being the former American ambassador to the country, he negotiated the February 2020 accord with the Taliban, which resulted in the departure of US-led international forces.

Zalmay Khalilzad will be succeeded by his deputy Thomas West, who was a member of President Joe Biden’s national security team when Biden was Vice President under the Barack Obama-led administration.

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