The Taliban have stated that hundreds of their fighters are going towards the Panjshir Valley, which is right now the core of the resistance in war-torn Afghanistan, even though the National Resistance Front’s Ahmad Massoud has expressed he was willing to carry out negotiations with the Taliban however his forces were set to fight.
The Taliban’s Alemarah Twitter feed stated hundreds of fighters were going towards Panjshir. The Tweet reads, “after local state officials refused to hand it over peacefully”. The tweet was attached with 14-second video footage that displayed a column of seized trucks along with the white Taliban flags moving on a highway.
One of the pivot leaders of Afghanistan’s anti-Soviet resistance in the 1980s Massoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, revealed his supporters were ready to fight if the Taliban tried to conquer the Panjshir Valley. “We want to make the Taliban realize that the only way forward is through negotiation. We do not want a war to break out,” he told Reuters from his stronghold in the Panjshir Valley northwest of Kabul.
Amrullah Saleh, the country’s vice president, and Massoud have united forces made up of a faction of regular army units, special forces, and local militia fighters. “They want to defend, they want to fight, they want to resist against any totalitarian regime,” he added further.
However, so far there had been no reports of fighting. There is uncertainty regarding whether the Taliban have started their operation. As per the reports, Taliban officials had said that an offensive had been commenced on Panjshir but one of Massoud’s acolyte said there were no signs that the Taliban fighters had actually entered the narrow pass into the valley.