The Taliban claimed to have captured the rebel stronghold. Three Taliban sources have claimed that Islamic militias have captured the Panjshir Valley, north of Kabul, on Friday. With this, the last fort of Taliban opponents in Afghanistan has also collapsed. However, this claim of the Taliban has not been confirmed.
Taliban commander claims possession of Panjshir
A Taliban commander said that by the grace of Almighty Allah, we are in control of the whole of Afghanistan. The trouble makers have been defeated and Panjshir is now in our possession. Even before this, the Taliban claimed that its fighters had captured a large part of Panjshir. The fighters of Panjshir then rejected this claim.
Amrullah Saleh released the video clarification
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s deposed Vice President Amrullah Saleh has released a video saying that he has not run anywhere. He said rumors were being spread on social media that he was injured and fled from Panjshir. However, I am still with my people in Panjshir and holding regular meetings. There is no doubt that we are in a difficult position. We are facing an invasion by the Taliban.
Saleh’s son said – Taliban’s claim is false
He also tweeted that the resistance is and will continue. I am here with my soil, for my soil and to protect its dignity. His son, Ibadullah Saleh, sent a message denying that Panjshir had been captured by the Taliban. He said no, it is a lie.
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.
Taliban wreaking havoc on Panjshir
According to Afghan media, Taliban fighters have been continuously attacking Panjshir for the last three days. On Thursday also the Taliban rained rockets in Panjshir. It is being told that the rebel forces have also suffered heavy losses in this attack, but they have refused to kneel. There are also reports that hundreds of Taliban fighters have been killed in these attacks, while more than twice as many are injured.
[Attribution to NBT]