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Afghan Resistance Leader Asks For End To War, Seeks Talks With Taliban

“The NRF in precept agree to resolve the present issues,” Ahmad Massoud stated.

The chief of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces within the Panjshir valley north of Kabul stated on Sunday he welcomed proposals from spiritual students for a negotiated settlement to finish the combating.

Ahmad Massoud, head of the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group’s Fb web page. Earlier, Taliban forces stated they’d fought their approach into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the encompassing districts.

The Islamist Taliban took management of the remainder of Afghanistan three weeks in the past, taking energy in Kabul on Aug. 15 after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation.

“The NRF in precept agree to resolve the present issues and put a direct finish to the combating and proceed negotiations,” Massoud stated within the Fb publish.

“To achieve an enduring peace, the NRF is able to cease combating given that Taliban additionally cease their assaults and army 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 non secular students may then be held, he stated.

Earlier, Afghan media retailers reported that spiritual students had known as on the Taliban to simply accept a negotiated settlement to finish the combating in Panjshir.

There was no speedy response from the Taliban.

Massoud, who leads a power made up of remnants of normal Afghan military and particular forces models in addition to native militia fighters, known as for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban earlier than the combating broke out round every week in the past.

A number of makes an attempt at talks have been held however they ultimately broke down, with either side blaming the opposite for his or her failure.

Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi stated earlier on Sunday that their forces had fought their approach into the provincial capital Bazarak and had captured giant portions of weapons and ammunition.


Panjshir, a rugged valley within the mountains north of Kabul that’s nonetheless affected by the wreckage of Soviet tanks destroyed in the course of the lengthy struggle within the Eighties to oust the Soviet presence, has proved very troublesome to beat up to now.

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 have 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. However small particular person protests for ladies’s rights or in defence of the inexperienced, pink and black tricolour flag of Afghanistan have additionally been held in numerous cities.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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