The leader 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 combating.
Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), made the announcement on the group’s Facebook web page on Sunday. Earlier, Taliban forces stated that they had fought their means 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 principle agree to solve the current problems and put an immediate end to the fighting and continue negotiations,” Massoud stated within the Facebook put up.
“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,” 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 may 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 combating in Panjshir.
There was no speedy response from the Taliban.
NRF spokesman Fahim Dashti stated on Sunday that “heavy clashes” had been below means in Panjshir Valley.
According to the NRF, it surrounded “thousands of terrorists” in Khawak Pass 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 a whole bunch of Taliban fighters had been taken prisoner on Sunday.
“Sources within the valley are saying the NRF are claiming to have captured about 1,500 Taliban. Apparently, these fighters were surrounded,” stated Stratford.
“There are growing fears about the estimated 150,000 – 200,000 people inside the valley. All communication has been cut off. We also know that the Taliban have cut the electricity as well, so it is very difficult to get independent verification of exactly what is going on.”
However, Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi stated that their forces had fought their means into the provincial capital, Bazarak, and had captured massive portions of weapons and ammunition.
Karimi stated on Twitter opposition forces had suffered quite a few casualties.
Massoud, who leads a power made up of remnants of standard Afghan military and particular forces models in addition to native militia fighters, referred to as for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban earlier than the combating broke out a couple of week in the past.
Several makes an attempt at talks had been held however they ultimately broke down, with all sides blaming the opposite for their failure.
Panjshir, a rugged valley within the mountains north of Kabul that’s nonetheless littered with 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 troublesome to beat prior to now.
Under 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.
But 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 combating has been probably the most outstanding instance of resistance to the Taliban. But small particular person protests for girls’s rights or in defence of the inexperienced, crimson and black tricolour flag of Afghanistan have additionally been held in numerous cities.
Meanwhile, at the very least 4 planes chartered to evacuate a number of hundred folks looking for to flee the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to depart the nation for days, officers stated on Sunday, with conflicting accounts rising about why they had been unable to take off as strain ramps up on the United States 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, a lot of whom didn’t have passports or visas, and thus had been unable to depart the nation. He stated that they had left the airport whereas the state of affairs was sorted out.
The prime Republican on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, nevertheless, stated that the group included Americans 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 potential to reconcile the accounts.