NewsPanjshir resistance holds against Taliban as gov. formation delays

Panjshir resistance holds against Taliban as gov. formation delays

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Kolkata, India: One of the last standing resistances against the authoritarian Islamic regime of the Taliban is still holding up, as the Taliban delays announcing the formation of a new Afghan government.

The announcement of a new government, according to the Taliban source, will be delayed until next week, Reuters reported.

Other Taliban sources have said that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s co-founder, would command a new Afghan government that will be unveiled soon.

Three sources said Baradar would be joined in key roles by Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of late Taliban co-founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai.

Meanwhile, in the Afghan capital, there were traces of normalcy returning.

On Friday, Taliban sources claimed the group had taken control of the valley, while the resistance rejected this, Reuters reported.

Panjshir Valley, a mountainous, rugged terrain nearly 100 miles northeast Kabul, has held its sway for decades even withstanding the mighty Soviet Union and the previous list of Taliban rule in the 1990s to early 2000s.

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The Resistance Forces training on the ground at Panjshir Valley. Image via Twitter.

The region has been the hotspot for resistance against undemocratic forces and is led by nationalist leaders from the former Afghan government.

The Taliban said they’ve captured the Panjshir valley from all the directions, and have demanded a unilateral surrender without bloodshed.

However, the Taliban has yet to publicly declare that it has taken down the resistance.

Taliban forces reached the Darband heights on the boundary between Kapisa and Panjshir provinces but were forced back, according to a spokesman for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, which brings together opposition forces loyal to local commander Ahmad Massoud.

Meanwhile, according to a Taliban source, fighting in Panjshir is still going on, but the progress has been hampered by landmines planted on the road leading to Bazarak, the provincial governor’s compound, and the provincial governor’s compound.

As word spread of the Taliban’s conquest of Panjshir, celebratory gunfire erupted across Kabul on Friday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 41 others, according to news sources.

In a swift overrun, the Taliban captured the Afghan capital on 15th August after decades of war against the regime. Since then chaos erupted in the city of 25 million as hundreds of thousands scramble to run out of the nation amid Taliban takeover.

The US forces and its allies have reportedly evacuated hundreds of thousands of residents in Kabul. The US alone ferried out an estimated 116,700 people.

Cover image courtesy of Aditya Raj Kaul via Twitter.

Debayan Paul
Debayan is a freelance digital reporter and Editor-in-chief of We The World Magazine. Contact: communications@wetheworldmagazine.com

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