An international correspondent of Fox News has claimed that Taliban in Panjshir is being backed by Pakistani Army. Taliban has full support of Pakistan Army in carrying out its activities in Afghanistan.
According to Fox News, several combat helicopters were involved in a special operation against the National Resistance Front (NRF) in Pansjshir Valley, which were covered by Chinese-made CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Taliban said Monday that they had captured the last holdout of resistance in the country, but rebel forces contested the claim and vowed to continue fighting.
The Taliban asserted that they had seized Panjshir province, north of Kabul, as they stopped a number of charter planes carrying nongovernmental organization workers, among others, from taking off from an airport in Mazar-i-Sharif, in the north of the country.
Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference that Panjshir had fallen — underlining the group’s attempts to tighten their hold on Afghanistan after their blitz across the country last month.
“Panjshir is under the control of the Taliban,” Mujahid said. “Now the war is ended.”
The leader of the National Resistance Front in Afghanistan’s Panjshir valley said he is open to negotiate a settlement in the Taliban amid heavy fighting in the region.
“The NRF in principle agree to solve the current problems and put an immediate end to the fighting and continue negotiations,” said NRF leader Ahmad Massoud Sunday.
“To reach a lasting peace, the NRF is ready to stop fighting on condition that Taliban also stop their attacks and military movements on Panjshir and Andarab,” he added.
The openness to talks come as the Taliban mounted an offensive in the region, securing surrounding districts and entering its provincial capital.
Media outlets in Afghanistan reported that religious scholars in the country have encouraged a negotiated end to the conflict in Panjshir.
The Taliban have not yet responded to calls for negotiation.
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