Taliban forces heading to Panjshir Valley


Hundreds of “mujahideen” are heading towards the state of Panjshir to control the province…reports Asian Lite News

The Taliban has said that hundreds of its fighters are heading for the Panjshir Valley, which is currently the center of the resistance in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Hundreds of “mujahideen” are heading towards the state of Panjshir to control the province, Sputnik reported citing a news agency.

The Taliban entered Kabul last week after a months-long offensive, prompting the civilian government to collapse. After the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government, Panjshir remains the epicenter of the resistance led by Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president from Ghani’s cabinet.

According to the Russian news agency, members of the Taliban are waiting for an order to attack the holdout Panjshir province northeast of the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Earlier on Sunday, the Taliban offered Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, to surrender. Meanwhile, Massoud said that they would not surrender and that the locals were ready to fight.

Massoud also said that he and his supporters wanted a peaceful solution and were ready to negotiate an inclusive government with the Taliban, but the group declined the offer.

“If the Taliban try to seize control of Panjshir valley, resistance fighters will be ready to resist, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, one of the main leaders of Afghanistan’s anti-Soviet resistance in the 1980s,” Ahmad Massoud told Al Arabiya.

He further added he wants to bring the conflict to an end.

Taliban on Sunday said that it will be soon announcing the formation of a new government in Afghanistan as the countries continue to evacuate their citizens from the war-torn in an attempt to secure their people.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that talks on the formation of a new government with Afghan political leaders are underway and that a new government will be announced in the near future, reported Tolo News.

“Our political officials met with leaders here in Kabul, their views are important, discussions are moving, InshaAllah, there is hope for an announcement on the government soon,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban.

Earlier, Taliban co-founder and deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday to initiate a formal discussion with Afghan political leaders on setting up a government, a senior leader of the group, which has taken control over Afghanistan said.

Taliban on Saturday met a number of politicians including former president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR).

The discussions were focused on the overall political situation including the formation of an inclusive government, reported Tolo News. (ANI)

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