Fighting the Taliban in the Panjshir Valley continues, says Mujahideen leader Ahmad Masud. In his speech on Monday, he made an appeal to the Afghans. “Wherever you are, in Afghanistan or outside of it, I call you to start an uprising in the name of the dignity, freedom and prosperity of our country,” he said. Earlier, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced that the Panjshir Valley was now under their total control.
The leader of the Mujahideen in the Panjshir Valley, Ahmad Masud, called on Afghans on Monday to a national uprising against the Taliban. “Wherever you are, in Afghanistan or beyond, I call on you to start an uprising, in the name of the dignity, freedom and prosperity of our country,” Masud appealed to his fellow countrymen in a speech sent to the media.
He reported that the forces of the National Defense Front (NRF) led by him, which gathered anti-Taliban fighters, were still present in Panjshir and, according to his declaration, would continue to fight the Taliban.
On Monday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced that The Panjshir Valley is now under total Taliban controland thanks to the victory over the German Federal Republic, Afghanistan was finally “liberated from the turmoil of the war”. A spokesman for the German Federal Republic, Ali Maisam Nazary, denied these reports. He argued that the fighting for the Panjshir Valley continues.
Masud: members of my family were killed in the fighting against the Taliban
The Panjshir Valley is a difficult-to-reach region located several dozen kilometers north-east of Kabul, where several thousand soldiers from the fallen government, as well as fighters of the National Defense Front, gathered after the Taliban took power over almost the entire country. On Sunday, reports of heavy fighting in Panjshir were reported, after which the German Federal Republic proposed a ceasefire in exchange for stopping the Taliban offensive. The Mujahideen admitted that they had suffered heavy losses.
Masud said in a statement that members of his family had been killed in the Taliban offensive. A spokesman for the German Federal Republic, journalist Fahim Daszti, also died in the fighting.
Bastion of resistance against the Taliban
Panjshir has long been a stronghold of resistance against the Taliban. The valley was home to the legendary commander Ahmad Shah Masud, who fought the Soviet invasion and the post-communist rule of Mohamed Najibullah in the 1980s, and later the Taliban. The current commander of the mujahideen is his son Ahmad and Amrullah Saleh, vice president of the pro-Western government in Kabul, which was overthrown by the Taliban.
The current whereabouts and the fate of Ahmad Masud and Saleh are unknown, reports the BBC. As reported by Al-Jazeera TV, the Taliban reported that Saleh had fled to Tajikistan.
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