The Taliban declared victory in the latter part of Afghanistan still steadfast against their rule, by declaring that the Panjshir Valley was now under their control. But the resistance forces said that the fighting was not over yet.
Pictures on social media showed Taliban elements standing in front of the gate of the Panjshir governor’s compound after days of fighting with the National Resistance Front led by Ahmed Masoud, the son of Afghanistan’s legendary guerrilla leader Ahmed Shah Masoud.
Ahmad Massoud, meanwhile, called for a “national uprising” against the Taliban.
Here are the latest developments regarding the war in Panjshir:
1. The Taliban banned the Afghan media from circulating Massoud’s message.
2. The Russian news agency Sputnik also reported that the Taliban prevented former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and former head of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah from meeting their fellow citizens.
3. Meanwhile, in an audio message, Massoud called for a national uprising against the Taliban. “Wherever you are at home or abroad, I invite you to start a national uprising for the dignity, freedom and prosperity of our country,” Al Jazeera said.
4. The region witnessed a violent conflict between the warring parties in the past four days. Panjshir was the stronghold of the National Resistance Front led by Ahmed Masoud and former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who declared himself interim president.
5. Panjshir was the base of the Northern Alliance resistance fighters who ousted the Taliban with US air support in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
6- Masoud said on Sunday that he is ready to stop the fighting and start negotiations if the Taliban give up the province.
7- The Taliban assured the residents of the valley – who are mainly ethnically different from the Pashtun group – that there would be no “discriminatory action against them”. But the situation on the ground has made holes in those promises.
8. It was reported that the spokesman of the Panjshir resistance, Fahim Dashti, was killed in a clash with the Taliban on Sunday.
9. The Taliban is busy forming a government to rule Afghanistan, and its spokesman said that the leadership will be announced soon.
10. When asked if the United States would recognize the Taliban, President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House late Monday: “That’s a long way to go.” Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on Monday, as Washington seeks to build consensus among allies on how to respond to Taliban rule.