Taliban claim 'complete control' of Afghan province of Panjshir

Taliban claim 'complete control' of Afghan province of Panjshir

Kabul (Web Desk): Taliban on Monday claimed to have taken complete control of Panjshir province.

Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said an effort was made to address the situation in Panjshir through dialogue and Jirga. He said our people do not want war anymore.

The spokesperson announced a general amnesty for the people of Panjshir, assuring that no revenge will be taken from them.

He said there will be complete ban on keeping weapons and aerial firing.

Regarding reopening of Kabul airport, Zabihullah said that with the assistance of Turkey, Qatar and an organization of Middle East country the airport is being operationalized.

Responding to a question, the Taliban spokesperson said a Pakistani delegation comprising security officials visited Kabul and put forward their security concerns.

“The Afghan land will not be allowed to be used against Pakistan,” the Taliban spokesperson said, adding that Pakistan has also given the assurance of its complete cooperation for peace and stability in the country.

Zabihullah Mujahid said that Taliban want the best of diplomatic and economic ties with China and Pakistan and want to become part of projects such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and CASA1000.

Replying to a question about business activities in the country, Zabihullah Mujahid said that national traders and businessmen have assured to resume business activities.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the head of foreign relations at National Resistance Front forces, Ali Maisam Nazary said the Taliban's claim of victory is false and opposition forces are present in all strategic positions across the Panjshir valley to continue the fight.

On the other hand, the leader of the resistance movement in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley on Monday called for a "national uprising" against the Taliban, a foreign media outlet reported.

In an audio message sent to media, National Resistance Front commander Ahmad Massoud said: "Wherever you are, inside or outside, I call on you to begin a national uprising for the dignity, freedom and prosperity of our country."