After the capture of Kabul, Taliban fighters are now moving towards the Panjshir Valley, the stronghold of the rebels. This is the part of Afghanistan that has not yet come under the control of the Taliban. On the other hand, Ahmed Masood, who is leading the rebels in this area, has also announced that his army is also ready for war. He has also warned the Taliban of horrific bloodshed. Panjshir has long been known as an anti-Taliban stronghold.
Panjshir became a big nuisance for Taliban
Ever since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, rebel fighters have started gathering in the Panjshir Valley. It is being told that the highest number of these are soldiers of the Afghan National Army. The group is led by Ahmed Masood, the son of former Mujahideen commander Ahmed Shah Masood, who was in chief of the Northern Alliance. He is accompanied by a contingent of former Vice President Amrullah Saleh and former governor of Balkh province.
Hundreds of Taliban fighters march towards Panjshir
The Taliban wrote on their Arabic Twitter account that hundreds of mujahideen from the Islamic emirate were heading to Panjshir state to control it, with local state officials refusing to hand it over peacefully. It is believed that after this announcement of Taliban, there may be heavy bloodshed in the area of Panjshir province. If Panjshir is captured by the Taliban, it could demoralize the insurgent groups.
9000 army ready to fight in Panjshir
Anti-Taliban Force spokesman Ali Maisam Najri said thousands of people have come to Panjshir since the Taliban took over the capital, Kabul. Ahmed Masood has gathered around 9000 rebel soldiers in Panjshir. News agency AFP has reported that dozens of recruits have been seen doing training exercises and fitness exercises in this area. These fighters also have vehicles like Humvi.
Taliban rebels said – we are ready to fight
A spokesman for the rebel forces said his group wanted to push for a new system of government, but was ready to fight if needed. He warned that the Taliban would not last long if it continued on this path. We stand ready to defend Afghanistan and we warn of bloodshed.
Ahmed Shah Masood was the hero of the Afghans
Ahmed Shah Masood achieved great prestige during his conflict with the Taliban in the 1990s. India has also been helping them. It is said that once when Ahmad Shah Masood was badly injured in a Taliban attack, India airlifted him and treated him at Farkhor airbase in Tajikistan. It is also India’s first foreign military base. It was established by India especially to help the Northern Alliance.
[Attribution to NBT]