The Taliban has taken complete control of the Panjshir region, the last region in Afghanistan held by resistance forces, the group’s representative said, as it solidified its control of the country three weeks in the wake of taking control over Kabul.
“With this victory, our country is completely taken out of the quagmire of war,” chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Monday.
Pictures on social media revealed Taliban members standing in front of the gate of the Panjshir provincial governor’s compound.
In the meantime, the National Resistance Front (NRF) representative said the Taliban’s case victory claim was false and resistance forces continued to fight, adding that its forces were available in “strategic positions” across the Panjshir valley.
The whereabouts of opposition power Ahmed Massoud and Amrullah Saleh, the former VP who had joined resistance forces after the fall of Kabul, were not instantly known.
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take part in a military training at Malimah area of Dara district in Panjshir province on September 2, 2021 as the valley remains the last major holdout of anti-Taliban forces.
In a Twitter message, Masood assured his safety. When President Ashraf Ghani fled the country after the Taliban takeover, Saleh had declared himself acting president on August 15.
In the interim, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Qatar to discuss the matter of chaotic repercussions of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The NRF incorporates local level fighters, faithful to Massoud, the son of a renowned enemy of Soviet and anti- Taliban commandant Ahmad Shah Massoud, including remnants of Afghan military who withdrew to the Panjshir Valley, about 125km (78 miles) north of the capital Kabul.
The group stated in a tweet on Sunday that spokesman Fahim Dashty, a well-known Afghan journalist, and General Abdul Wudod Zara had been killed in the latest resistance.
Mujahid, the Taliban representative, in a public interview on Monday, said opposition forces gave “negative answers” when the Taliban attempted to arrange, adding that no regular citizen setbacks were accounted for in the takeover of Panjshir.
The Panjshir Valley
The Panjshir Valley is renowned for being the site of resistance from Soviet powers during the 1980s and the Taliban in the late 1990s.
The Taliban is yet to settle its new government subsequent to moving into Kabul three weeks prior.
Afghanistan’s new rulers have vowed to be more “inclusive” They have guaranteed an administration that addresses Afghanistan’s perplexing ethnic merges.
Women will be permitted to go to college under conditions where classes are segregated by gender or if nothing else separated by a curtain, the Taliban’s education authority said in an extensive report issued on Sunday.
Yet, female students will be required to wear a long robe and face veils, instead of the burqa compulsory under the past Taliban rule. Women’s freedom in Afghanistan was curtailed under the Taliban’s 1996-2001 guideline.
As the Taliban grasps its transition from armed uprising to government, it is facing challenges including helpful humanitarian needs for which international assistance is dire.
Martin Griffiths, UN philanthropic has arrived in Kabul for days of meeting with the Taliban authority, which has vowed to help.
“The authorities pledged that wellbeing and security of philanthropic staff, and humanitarian access to individuals, will be ensured and that humanitarian workers (men & women) will be ensured freedom of movement,” a statement from United Nations representative Stephane Dujarric said.
The Taliban representative tweeted that the group’s designation guaranteed the UN of collaboration.
Blinken trip to Qatar, Germany
The international community is coming to terms with the new Taliban system diplomatically.
The US’s top representative, Blinken, arrived on Monday in Qatar, a central member in Afghanistan. He was subsequently joined by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in the Gulf country.
The authorities met with the Qatari Emir, Sheik Tamim canister Hamad al-Thani, and discussed developments in Afghanistan and endeavors to upgrade security there, the emir’s court said on Monday.
Qatar, which has a US military base, has been the passage for 55,000 individuals carried out of Afghanistan, almost half of the total evacuated by US-drove powers since the Taliban started their takeover.
The US State Department said Blinken expressed gratitude toward Doha for its “extraordinary help” in the departures from Kabul. Blinken, Austin and the Qatari emir “likewise discussed other bilateral issues and initiatives to advance regional security and prosperity”, the department said in a statement on Monday evening.
Blinken on Wednesday is expected to head to the US airbase in Ramstein, Germany, a transitory home for thousands of Afghans moving to the US, from which he will hold a virtual 20-nation ministerial meeting on the crises alongside German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday called for discourse with the Taliban.
“We simply have to talk to the Taliban about how we can get people who have worked for Germany out of the country and bring them to safety,” she told reporters.