Taliban declare full management of Afghan province of Panjshir


The Taliban have taken full management of Panjshir province, the final space in Afghanistan being held by resistance forces, the group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, mentioned on Monday.

Footage on social media confirmed Taliban members standing in entrance of the gate of the Panjshir provincial governor’s compound.

There was no fast phrase from Ahmad Massoud, the chief of the opposition group resisting Taliban forces.


Mujahid knowledgeable of the victory in Panjshir in a tweet, stating that, “The final stronghold of the mercenary enemy, Panjshir province, was fully conquered.”

The Taliban additionally launched a video of them hoisting their flag on the Governor’s home in Panjshir. In one other video commander of the Badar power – that led the combat in opposition to the Panjshir rise up – Maulvi Hidayatullah Badar may very well be seen assuring the native Punjshir commanders that they have been forgiven, and can by no means be trialled or executed. “Be happy to roam across the nation,” he may very well be heard saying within the video.

In accordance with reviews, regular Taliban fighters couldn’t win full victory in Panjshir therefore, the Badri Bridge was referred to as in together with suicide attackers to do the job.

It’s after 43 years that the Massoud household has misplaced management of this distant valley.


‘Nation can be fully out of conflict’

Following the victory, Zabihullah Mujahid in a press release maintained that, “With the assistance of Almighty God and the assist of our folks, the newest efforts in the direction of full safety within the nation have additionally yielded outcomes and Panjshir province has come underneath the whole management of the Islamic Emirate.”

He added that a few of the insurgents within the province have been defeated whereas the remaining fled, “releasing the oppressed and honorable folks of Panjshir,” he mentioned.

Mujahid mentioned that, “We guarantee the folks of Panjshir Sharif that they won’t be discriminated in opposition to in any approach, they’re all our brothers; we’ll serve collectively for one nation and one objective.”

The spokesperson said that, “With this victory and final effort, the remainder of the nation can be fully out of the conflict and our nation can have a peaceable and affluent life in an environment of freedom, independence and prosperity. God prepared.”

A day in the past, Massoud had welcomed proposals from spiritual students for a negotiated settlement to finish the combating, Reuters reported.

Massoud, head of the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group’s Fb web page. Earlier, Taliban forces mentioned they’d fought their approach into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the encompassing districts.

The Taliban took management of the remainder of Afghanistan three weeks in the past, taking energy in Kabul on Aug. 15 after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation.

Maulvi Fasihuddin, the Taliban commander who led the Panjshir campaign, is eating breakfast after the fall of Panjshir. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Maulvi Fasihuddin, the Taliban commander who led the Panjshir marketing campaign, is consuming breakfast after the autumn of Panjshir.

“The NRF in precept agree to unravel the present issues and put a right away finish to the combating and proceed negotiations,” Massoud mentioned within the Fb publish.

“To succeed in an enduring peace, the NRF is able to cease combating provided that Taliban additionally cease their assaults and army actions on Panjshir and Andarab,” he mentioned, referring to a district within the neighbouring province of Baghlan.

A big gathering of all sides with the Ulema council of non secular students might then be held, he mentioned.

Learn Taliban seize ‘4 districts of Panjshir’

Earlier, Afghan media retailers reported that spiritual students had referred to as on the Taliban to just accept a negotiated settlement to finish the combating in Panjshir.

There was no fast response from the Taliban.

On Sunday, the NRFA additionally confirmed that its primary spokesman, Fahim Dashti, had been killed in the course of the day. Dashti had survived the suicide assault that killed Massoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, on Sept. 9, 2001, simply days earlier than the Sept. 11 assaults on the US.

He had been one of many primary sources of updates from the world because the Taliban pressed in on opposition forces, issuing a defiant sequence of statements on Twitter, vowing that resistance would proceed.

Massoud, who leads a power made up of remnants of standard Afghan military and particular forces models in addition to native militia fighters, referred to as for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban earlier than the combating broke out round per week in the past.

Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi mentioned earlier on Sunday that their forces had made it into the provincial capital, Bazarak, and had captured giant portions of weapons and ammunition.

Rugged Valley

Panjshir, a rugged mountain valley nonetheless suffering from the wreckage of Soviet tanks destroyed in the course of the lengthy conflict within the Nineteen Eighties to oust the Soviet presence, has proved very tough to beat previously.

Underneath Ahmad Shah Massoud, the area lengthy resisted management by each the invading Soviet military and by the Taliban authorities that beforehand dominated from 1996 to 2001.

However that effort was helped by provide routes main north to the border, which have been closed off by the Taliban’s sweeping victory final month.

The Panjshir combating has been essentially the most outstanding instance of resistance to the Taliban. However small particular person protests for ladies’s rights or in defence of the inexperienced, pink and black flag of Afghanistan have additionally been held in several cities.

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