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Taliban Claims Victory In Panjshir Valley, Resistance Group Denies

Taliban on Sunday released a statement and claimed that they have fully captured Panjshir valley. Taliban also shared a picture of its fighters from Bazarak—the provincial capital of Panjshir province. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that with this victory, the country has completely come out of the bloody war. Meanwhile, National Resistance Front (NRF)— Ahmad Massoud led an opposition group in the Panjshir valley against the Taliban, has dismissed the claims that the province has fallen into enemies’ hands.

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Panjshir Valley has not fallen before Taliban: NRF

Dismissing the Taliban’s claim, NRF said that Panjshir fighters are still fighting against their enemies. “Taliban’s claim of occupying Panjshir is false. The NRF forces are present in all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight. We assure the people of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban & their partners will continue until justice & freedom prevails,” NRF said in a statement.

NRF spokesperson killed
Fahim Dashti, who was the top spokesperson of the National Resistance Front of Panjshir valley was reportedly killed by the Taliban on Sunday. Dashti, who was a former journalist and close to Amir Saheb Ahmad Massoud, was killed during the clash with the Taliban, the statement said on social media by NRF.

Ready to the ceasefire: Ahmad Massoud

Ahmad Massoud, who is the top leader of NRF, said that he is ready to talk with the Taliban to stop the violence in the Panjshir valley. He said that he welcomed the religious leaders’ request to a ceasefire and stop the violence. “To reach a lasting peace, the NRF is ready to stop fighting on condition that Taliban also stop their attacks and military movements on Panjshir and Andarab,” Massoud said in his message on Facebook. Ahmad Massoud is the son of former Afghan leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was known as the ‘Lion of Punjshir valley’, fought the war against the Soviet Union for a decade.

Taliban Invites Pakistan, China On Govt Formation Ceremony

Taliban has invited China, Pakistan, Russia, Qatar, and Iran on the formation of its new government. The date of the ceremony is yet to be announced, but it is believed that the Taliban may form its new government this week.

Last month on August 15, the Taliban had snatched power frrom Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, following the withdrawal of the US-led NATO forces, who had invaded the country in 2001 to topple the Taliban government following the 9/11 attack.