Contrasting reports emerge from Taliban, Afghan resistance forces
Contrasting reports are emerging from the Taliban and the resistance forces regarding the status of Panjshir – the only remaining region holding out against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
According to several media reports and social media updates, both sides claim to have the upper hand in Panjshir but conclusive evidence remains elusive so far.
Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid claimed on September 6 that the war in Afghanistan is over, and an announcement about the formation of the new government will be made in the next few days. This came soon claims that Panjshir became the last Afghan province to fall under the control of the Taliban.
However, resistance forces retaliated with counter-claims, saying that their leader Ahmad Massoud will soon make a statement.
"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 tweeted.
The NRF claims that the resistance forces are present at all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight against the Taliban. They also assured the people of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban and their partners would continue. However, the Twitter account from where the information was shared was unverified.
Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev has said that Moscow's position on Afghanistan is "very close" to that of New Delhi as both the countries want Afghan-owned and Afghan-built government.
"What is it the two of us need in Afghanistan is security, predictability, and inclusive government, which will satisfy the needs of the Afghan people. Afghan-owned and Afghan build government. That's the basics of the Indian position, (which is) very close to us," Kudashev was quoted as saying.