Taliban Close to Peace Agreement in Panjshir
"Taliban's" Spokesperson says that the Movement will likely soon reach a peace agreement with opposition figures to enter Panjshir Province without clashes.
"Taliban" Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that it was probable that the Movement will reach an agreement with local leaders in Panjshir Province, northeast of Kabul, to enter the region without combat.
Mujahid stated during an interview for Afghan Shamshad TV that they are in contact with the people of Panjshir and in talks with dignitaries that will soon end the "problem" without need for war.
The "Taliban" were not able to enter Panjshir because of a local resistance led by Ahmad Masoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Masoud, the leader of the Northern Alliance who fought the Soviets and prevented "Taliban's" entry into the Province in the 90s.
Mujahid also added that he is 80% sure that there will be no need for war, and that a peace agreement will soon be reached, stressing that "war is not the answer," but if forces in Panjshir choose war, then they should know that the Province has been surrounded from all four sides.
He also reassured Panjshir's leaders that if they decide to come to Kabul, then they will enjoy a safe and relaxing life, guaranteeing the safety of the people of Panjshir and those who collaborated with the previous administration.
Afghan sources cited "Taliban" Cultural Committee member Anamullah Samangani that a delegation from the Movement has arrived in Panjshir to negotiate with opposition groups in the region. Samangani also said that the delegation will meet with Ahmad Masoud and Amrullah Saleh (VP of resigned President Ashraf Ghani) and others, highlighting that Panjshir's crisis will be resolved through dialogue because the Afghan people are tired of war.
Saleh accuses the "Taliban" of preventing food and medicine from reaching Panjshir
Ahmad Masoud had warned "Taliban" on Sunday against entering Panjshir, his homeland and where he is currently located, affirming that he has the support of the people and forces loyal to the former government, while also expressing his acceptance of the idea of an inclusive government in the country that includes the Movement.
Panjshir valley officials said that they are looking for meaningful negotiations that take into consideration the people's rights and set the ground for the establishment of a government that guarantees social justice.
Amrullah Saleh, on his part, accused "Taliban" forces of preventing food and medicine from reaching the region of Andrab in Panjshir. The "Taliban" denied this, confirming that all roads are open.