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(Reuters) – 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 (NASDAQ:) web page. Earlier, Taliban forces stated they’d fought their means into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the encircling 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 unravel the present issues and put an instantaneous finish to the combating and proceed negotiations,” Massoud stated within the Fb publish.
“To succeed in a long-lasting peace, the NRF is able to cease combating provided 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 referred to as on the Taliban to simply accept a negotiated settlement to finish the combating in Panjshir.
There was no rapid response from the Taliban.
On Sunday, the NRFA additionally confirmed that its foremost spokesman, Fahim Dashti, had been killed in the course of the day. Dashti had survived the suicide assault that killed Massoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, on Sept. 9, 2001, simply days earlier than the Sept. 11 assaults on the US.
He had been one of many foremost sources of updates from the world because the Taliban pressed in on opposition forces, issuing a defiant collection of statements on Twitter (NYSE:), vowing that resistance would proceed.
Massoud, who leads a drive made up of remnants of normal Afghan military and particular forces items in addition to native militia fighters, referred to 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 had been held however finally broke down, with all sides blaming the opposite for his or her failure.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi stated earlier on Sunday that their forces had made it into the provincial capital, Bazarak, and had captured massive portions of weapons and ammunition.
Panjshir, a rugged mountain valley nonetheless plagued by the wreckage of Soviet tanks destroyed in the course of the lengthy battle within the Nineteen Eighties to oust the Soviet presence, has proved very troublesome to beat prior to now.
Below 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 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. However small particular person protests for ladies’s rights or in defence of the inexperienced, purple and black flag of Afghanistan have additionally been held in numerous cities.