Taliban: End of Resistance in Panjshir?

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The Taliban’s claim of winning over Panjshir was vehemently denied by the National Resistance Front (NRFA).

They quoted in a tweet, “The NRF forces are present in all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight.”

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the Taliban’s win over the National Resistance Font of Afghanistan in Panjshir.

In a press conference in Kabul, he said, “the war has ended.” Without any civilian casualties in Panjshir. And now they hope to have a stable Afghanistan.

And if anyone takes up arms, they will recognise them as enemies of people and the country.

But the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) told NDTV, “The road in the Panjshir valley is with the Taliban.” However, they continue fighting in the sub-valleys.

Taliban’s View

During the interview, Zabihullah mentions the Taliban tried peacefully to solve the problem, but they always got negative responses from the opposition side whenever they attempted to negotiate.

He also said People fleeing Kabul thought they could still fight the Taliban. But now,
If anyone wants to create problems, then The Taliban will handle them as they handled Panjshir.

Those who fought against the Taliban are being sought and can still be forgiven. He also added that people know invaders will never reconstruct our country.

According to an Al Jazeera report, Kabul airport was reopened to receive aid, and two domestic flights were started from Kabul to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar.

Pakistan supporting Taliban

On the other hand, Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh alleged Pakistan and Al Qaeda for attacking them and denied the reports of his fleeing the country.

Saleh said he is with his commanders and political leaders for managing the situation. He also said, “Of course, it’s a difficult situation; we are under the invitation of the Taliban and Pakistanis and Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.”

NRFA leader Ahmed Massoud claimed on Monday Taliban getting air support from Pakistan and ISI. He said the Taliban are not strong enough for attacking Panjshir.

That’s why they are using Pakistan’s help via drones and helicopters. The chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI), Faiz Hameed, visits Afghanistan to discuss security and border issues.

According to TOLO News, Faiz Hameed met former Prime Minister of Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to discuss forming a new Afghan government.

And Pakistan also online met envoys of China, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan for Afghanistan.

Sunday Battle

On Sunday night, NRFA and the Taliban both lost their senior leaders during the battle. NRFA spokesman Fahim Dashty and Abdul Wudod Zara were killed in action, and Vice President Amrullah Saleh was sifted to a safe place.

After the repeated attacks on his house. Both sides claimed to have occupancy in Panjshir but could not present any conclusive evidence to prove it.

However, the Associated Press declared, thousands of Taliban fighters occupied eight Districts in Panjshir overnight.

The Taliban later entered the presidential palace that day and shared the photo on social media.

NRFA Want to Negotiate

Lion of Panjshir the Ahmed Shah Massoud’s son Ahmed Massoud, leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, welcomed Ulema Religious Council’s proposal and said on Sunday, they (NRFA) are ready to stop fighting to establish lasting peace “if Taliban also stop their attacks and military movement on Panjshir and Andarab”.

But there has been no statement from Vice President Saleh’s side.

The Panjshir Valley is the most prominent example of resistance. From 1996 to 2001 Taliban rule after Russia’s return, the Taliban could not win this valley surrounded by Hindu Kush mountain with a narrow entrance.

Ahmad shah formed the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in 1996, and India helped them with weapons, medical and other assistance.

The relationship between the Northern Alliance and India was deep and cooperative.

Sagar Kar
Sagar Kar
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