Ahmad Masud, son of Ahmad Shah Masud, the leader of the Mujahideen and the Northern Alliance, who was killed in 2001, has stated that he is ready to engage in dialogue with the Taliban. If Islamists rejected his proposal, he added, war would be “inevitable”. He and his allies – whom he has in other parts of the country – defend the whole of Afghanistan, he noted.
According to the Saudi TV Al-Arabij Ahmad Masud He also said that he would forgive the Taliban for the murder of his father if they ensure peace and security in Afghanistan. He called for the formation of a government in which Islamists would participate but would create structures with other political and ethnic forces. At the same time, he emphasized that he did not intend to give them back the areas he controls.
In an interview with Reuters on Sunday, Masud stressed that he and his allies wanted “the Taliban to understand that the only way forward is through negotiation.” He said he “did not want war to break out”, but he was ready for it and his allied forces – including former military officials, local militias and various ethnic groups – “want to resist any totalitarian power,” he said. .
We defend the whole country in one province – he added.
Masud is the son of a famous leader of the Northern Alliance, a group of militias fighting the Soviet invasion, then civil war with the post-communist government of Mohamed Najibullah, and then with the Taliban. Ahmad Shah Masoud was murdered a few days before the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001, and his group was one of the allies of the US troops during the intervention in Afghanistan that began that same year.
An appeal to Washington, Paris and London
On Wednesday, Ahmad Masud announced in the Washington Post that he controls part of Afghanistan’s territory and intends to fight the Taliban. He also appealed to the United States for help. “I am writing from the Panjsher Valley, ready to follow in my father’s footsteps, with mujahideen prepared to face the Taliban once more. We have stocks of ammunition and weapons that we have been patiently stockpiling since my father’s time, because we knew that day would come,” he wrote .
He also asked for help in London – where, as he pointed out, he graduated – and Paris, where one of the streets on the Champs Elysees was dedicated this year to the memory of his father.
The Panjsher Valley is a traditional stronghold of the Alliance and is reportedly the only territory outside of Taliban control. The former First Vice President of Afghanistan, Amrullah Saleh, who has declared himself president after fleeing the country, is also there. Ashrafa Ghani.
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