The Panjshir resistance forces that are putting up a fight against the Taliban have called for a ceasefire amid repeated clashes with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) led by Ahmad Massoud has issued a statement welcoming the calls for an “immediate end to the war.”
“The NRF agrees in principle with resolving the current problems and the immediate cessation of hostilities, and the continuation of the negotiation process and hopes that the Taliban will respond to the request of the clerics and take practical steps toward this end,” said the statement.
“The NRF is ready to immediately end the war to achieve lasting peace if the Taliban end their attacks and military operations in Panjshir and Andarab. We hope to hold a high-level meeting with scholars to continue this conversation,” added the resistance forces.
The resistance forces have lost one of their key leaders and spokesperson, Fahim Dashti in a violent gun battle with the Taliban on Sunday.
The anti-Taliban forces have further said, “ there is no religious, human, or rational reason for the Taliban attack under the pretext of fighting to install the Islamic system in Panjshir, Andarab, Parwan, Kapisa or other parts of Afghanistan.”
Earlier, Taliban forces said they had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the surrounding districts. The resistance forces led by Ahmad Massoud and former vice president Amrullah Saleh have resisted the Taliban since the rest of the country fell.
“The NRF proposes that the Taliban stop its military operations in Panjshir, Andarab, Parwan, and Kapisa and withdraw its forces from Panjshir and Andarab. In return, we will direct our forces to refrain from military action,” the Panjshir group has said.
A senior Taliban spokesman tweeted on Sunday that Taliban troops had overrun Rokha district, one of the largest of eight districts in Panjshir. Several Taliban delegations have attempted negotiations with the holdouts there, but talks have failed to gain traction so far.