The chief of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces within the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul has stated he welcomed proposals from non secular students for a negotiated settlement to finish the preventing.
Ahmad Massoud, head of the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan (NRF), made the announcement on the group’s Fb web page on Sunday. Earlier, Taliban forces stated that they had fought their method into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the encompassing districts.
The Taliban took management of the remainder of Afghanistan three weeks in the past, taking energy in Kabul on August 15 after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation.
“The NRF in precept agree to unravel the present issues and put an instantaneous finish to the preventing and proceed negotiations,” Massoud stated within the Fb publish.
“To achieve a long-lasting peace, the NRF is able to cease preventing given that Taliban additionally cease their assaults and navy actions on Panjshir and Andarab,” he stated, referring to a district within the neighbouring province of Baghlan.
A big gathering of all sides with the Ulema council of spiritual students might then be held, he stated.
Earlier, Afghan media retailers reported that non secular students had referred to as on the Taliban to just accept a negotiated settlement to finish the preventing in Panjshir.
There was no speedy response from the Taliban.
NRF spokesman Fahim Dashti stated on Sunday that “heavy clashes” had been below method in Panjshir Valley.
In keeping with the NRF, it surrounded “1000’s of terrorists” in Khawak Go and the Taliban deserted autos and gear within the Dashte Rewak space.
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from the capital, Kabul, stated sources on the bottom stated lots of of Taliban fighters had been taken prisoner on Sunday.
“Sources throughout the valley are saying the NRF are claiming to have captured about 1,500 Taliban. Apparently, these fighters had been surrounded,” stated Stratford.
“There are rising fears concerning the estimated 150,000 – 200,000 individuals contained in the valley. All communication has been minimize off. We additionally know that the Taliban have minimize the electrical energy as properly, so it is rather tough to get impartial verification of precisely what’s going on.”
Nevertheless, Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi stated that their forces had fought their method into the provincial capital, Bazarak, and had captured giant portions of weapons and ammunition.
Karimi stated on Twitter opposition forces had suffered quite a few casualties.
Massoud, who leads a pressure made up of remnants of normal Afghan military and particular forces items in addition to native militia fighters, referred to as for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban earlier than the preventing broke out a few week in the past.
A number of makes an attempt at talks had been held however they ultimately broke down, with all sides blaming the opposite for his or her failure.
Panjshir, a rugged valley within the mountains north of Kabul that’s nonetheless plagued by the wreckage of Soviet tanks destroyed in the course of the lengthy battle within the Nineteen Eighties to take away the Soviet presence, has proved very tough to beat previously.
Below Massoud’s late father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, the area lengthy resisted management by each the invading Soviet military and by the Taliban authorities that beforehand dominated from 1996 to 2001.
However that effort was helped by provide routes main north to the border, which had been closed off by the Taliban’s sweeping victory final month.
The Panjshir preventing has been probably the most distinguished instance of resistance to the Taliban. However small particular person protests for girls’s rights or in defence of the inexperienced, purple and black tricolour flag of Afghanistan have additionally been held in numerous cities.
In the meantime, not less than 4 planes chartered to evacuate a number of hundred individuals looking for to flee the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to go away the nation for days, officers stated on Sunday, with conflicting accounts rising about why they had been unable to take off as stress ramps up on america to assist these left behind to flee.
An Afghan official on the airport within the northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif stated that the would-be passengers had been Afghans, lots of whom didn’t have passports or visas, and thus had been unable to go away the nation. He stated that they had left the airport whereas the state of affairs was sorted out.
The highest Republican on the US Home Overseas Affairs Committee, nonetheless, stated that the group included Individuals they usually had been sitting on the planes, however the Taliban weren’t letting them take off, successfully “holding them hostage”. Michael McCaul didn’t say the place that data got here from. It was not instantly doable to reconcile the accounts.