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Prepared for talks with Taliban, says Afghan opposition chief Ahmad Massoud as combat in Panjshir valley continues | World Information

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Kabul: The chief of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces within the Panjshir valley north of Kabul mentioned on Sunday he welcomed proposals from non secular students for a negotiated settlement to finish the combating.

Ahmad Massoud, head of the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group`s Fb web page. Earlier, Taliban forces mentioned that they had fought their method into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the encircling districts.

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

“To achieve a long-lasting peace, the NRF is able to cease combating provided that Taliban additionally cease their assaults and navy actions on Panjshir and Andarab,” he mentioned, referring to a district within the neighbouring province of Baghlan.

Earlier, Afghan media retailers reported that an Ulema council of spiritual students had known as on the Taliban to just accept a negotiated settlement to finish the combating in Panjshir. There was no speedy response from the Taliban.

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

A number of makes an attempt at talks have been held however they finally broke down, with either side blaming the opposite for his or her failure. Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi mentioned earlier on Sunday that their forces had fought their method into the provincial capital Bazarak and had captured giant portions of weapons and ammunition.


Panjshir, a rugged valley within the mountains north of Kabul that’s nonetheless affected by the wreckage of Soviet tanks destroyed through the lengthy conflict within the Eighties to oust the Soviet presence, has proved very troublesome to beat prior to now.

Beneath Massoud`s late father, 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 probably the most distinguished instance of resistance to the Taliban. However small particular person protests for ladies`s rights or in defence of the inexperienced, crimson and black tricolour flag of Afghanistan have additionally been held in several cities.

Won’t ever give as much as Taliban: Massoud

Massoud mentioned that the resistance in Panjshir and protest for the rights of girls by ladies in Afghanistan point out that folks by no means surrender in relation to standing for his or her legit rights, Khaama Information reported.

On Friday night time, the conflict in Panhshir province intensified and there have been studies of its collapse which have been then denied.

Massoud in his Fb publish wrote that the folks of Afghanistan by no means get bored with resistance and combat for his or her rights and can try for a developed and unbiased Afghanistan.

“The defeat solely occurs while you surrender the combat in your legit rights and while you get drained.”

Massoud and Amrullah Saleh have been reported to have fled to Tajikistan after a heavy battle between the Taliban and resistance forces in Panjshir however the latter in a video clip mentioned that he’s nonetheless within the province.

The previous Vice President and one of many commanders of Panjshir resistance accused the Taliban of denying humanitarian help to the province.

He requested the UN to look at the state of affairs carefully and press the Taliban to permit humanitarian help to the province.

(With company inputs)

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