Kolkata, India: The Taliban declared victory in the last remaining portion of Afghanistan resisting their rule, stating that the seizure of the Panjshir valley finalised their takeover of the country and that a new government will be announced soon.
However, more than three weeks after storming Kabul, they have neglected to form a government or provide information about the social limitations they will impose.
Massoud, the leader of the resistance, meanwhile refused to admit defeat, insisting that his group, which included remnants of the Afghan army as well as local militia members, was still fighting.
Massoud wrote on Twitter, “We are in Panjshir, and our Resistance will continue.”
Massoud also stated that he was safe, but provided no further information on his whereabouts. The resistance front’s statement comes a day after they announced their principal spokesperson, Fahim Dashti died in a fight with the Taliban, Sunday.
After days of combat with the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), led by Panjshiri leader Ahmad Massoud, pictures on social media showed Taliban members standing in front of the gate of the Panjshir provincial governor’s compound.
“Panjshir, which was the last hideout of the escapee enemy, is captured,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a news conference.
Fierce fighting has followed in Panjshir Valley since August 15 after Kabul fell from a surprisingly quick Taliban offensive.
The rocky valley north of Kabul has a long history of withstanding attacks, including those launched by mighty Soviet soldiers in the 1980s and the Taliban during their prior control in the 1990s.
After the September 11 attacks on the United States, it was the major redoubt of the Northern Alliance resistance forces that overthrew the Taliban with US air backing in 2001.
The Taliban promised the valley’s residents, who are ethnically different from the Taliban’s majority Pashtun, that no “discriminatory act” would be taken against them.
The Taliban have tried to convince Afghans and foreign countries that they will not return to their previous ruthless rule when they carried out horrific public punishments and prevented women and girls from participating in public life.
However, media reports have time and again brought up intolerant antics of the Taliban soldiers towards Afghans, despite promises of Amnesty.
Reuters reported, female students were separated in class with curtains and taught separately, or restricted to particular portions of the campus, according to teachers and students at universities in Afghanistan’s main cities, Kabul, Kandahar, and Herat.
Before the Taliban took power, female students sat separately from males in university classes, but classrooms were not physically divided, according to one female student, Reuters reported.
The Taliban is known for their Austere interpretation of the Koran.
Afghanistan since the 19th Century has been through a rough fate and so were its citizens. War, inflation, corruption and a bad name in the international community have whacked the nation of its growth.
Twenty years on, millions of Afghans remained susceptible to political turmoil, violence and at risk of war, despite Western baked governments’ experiment with democracy for two decades.
As of now, hundreds of medical facilities in Afghanistan are reportedly at risk of closing because Western donors are prohibited from dealing with the Taliban, according to a World Health Organization official.
The WHO is attempting to bridge the gap by supplying supplies, equipment, and funding to 500 health centres, as well as coordinating medical delivery with Qatar, according to Rick Brennan, the UN health agency’s regional emergency director.