After the withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan on Monday night, the Taliban launched a horrific attack on the valley of Panjshir, the stronghold of their rival Northern Alliance. Sources close to Ahmad Masood, the Tajik leader who raised the uprising against the Taliban in the Panjshir Valley, said that Taliban militants carried out a major attack on one of his posts in the Panjshir Valley on Monday night.
A close aide of Masood told Tolo News in Afghanistan that his fighters thwarted the Taliban attack. Sporadic fighting is still going on between the two sides. The Taliban have not yet commented on the attack. Reports said the Taliban have carried out this attack in the Jabul Siraj area, which is part of Parwan province. According to reports, many fighters have been killed and injured in the attack.
The Taliban have cordoned off the Panjshir Valley and shut down the internet so that supporters of Ahmed Masood could not contact the world. In the valley of Panjshir, former Vice President Amrullah Saleh is also standing and from this he has declared war against the Taliban. Earlier there were reports that talks are going on between Taliban militants and Ahmed Masood regarding an agreement. However, this conversation seems to be failing.
After former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on 15 August, Amrullah Saleh declared himself as the legitimate Acting President of Afghanistan in accordance with the country’s constitution. However, Saleh’s claim has not yet been recognized by any country or international body such as the United Nations. He had also tweeted and said that he will never bow down to Taliban terrorists under any circumstances. He will never betray the spirit and legacy of our hero Ahmed Shah Masood, Commander, Legend and Guide. He will not disappoint the millions of people who listened to me. He will never be under one roof with the Taliban.
Panjshir is the only province in Afghanistan that has not been captured by the Taliban till date. Panjshir remained a scourge for the Taliban even during the Islamic Emirate’s rule from 1996 to 2001. The Taliban had said the authorities in the local state of Panjshir refused to hand it over peacefully, after which we had to send our fighters.
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