Anti-Taliban forces prepared for ‘long-term battle’ however favor negotiations

Former Afghan authorities forces forming a resistance motion in a fortified valley are making ready for “long-term conflict”, however are additionally in search of to barter with the Taliban, their spokesman informed AFP in an interview.

Since the Taliban took management of the nation following a lightning cost into the capital Kabul, 1000’s of individuals have made their method to Panjshir to each be a part of the combat and discover a protected haven to proceed their lives, Ali Maisam Nazary mentioned.

There, Ahmad Massoud, the son of legendary Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated by Al-Qaeda two days earlier than the September 11, 2001 assaults, has assembled a preventing drive of round 9,000 folks, Nazary added.

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Pictures taken by AFP throughout coaching workouts present dozens of recruits performing health routines, and a handful of armoured humvees driving throughout the valley northeast of Kabul.

The National Resistance Front’s predominant objective is to keep away from additional bloodshed in Afghanistan and press for a brand new system of presidency.

But Nazary mentioned the group can be ready for battle, and if the Taliban don’t negotiate they may face resistance throughout the nation.

“The conditions for a peace deal with the Taliban is decentralisation — a system that ensures social justice, equality, rights, and freedom for all,” mentioned Nazary, the NRF’s head of overseas relations, including if the Taliban don’t agree there can be “long-term conflict”.

Talks between native leaders from Afghanistan’s north and authorities in Pakistan had been happening till simply days in the past, he added.

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While the Taliban management the overwhelming majority of Afghanistan, Nazary optimistically highlighted studies that native militias in some districts have already begun resisting their hardline rule and have fashioned hyperlinks with Massoud’s NRF.

“Massoud did not give the order for these things to happen but they are all associated with us,” Nazary mentioned.

“The Taliban are overstretched. They cannot be everywhere at the same time. Their resources are limited. They do not have support amongst the majority.”

He mentioned, nonetheless, that Masood had totally different views to Amrullah Saleh, latterly the nation’s vice chairman who can be holed out within the valley and final week vowed to steer an rebellion.

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“Mr Saleh is in Panjshir. He opted to stay in the country and not flee,” Nazary mentioned, noting Saleh’s robust anti-Pakistan stance was at odds with Massoud who needed good relations with Afghanistan’s neighbour.

“Mr Saleh is anti-Taliban and anti-Pakistani. That does not mean he is a part of this movement. He is in Panjshir and he is respected.”

The goal proper now’s to defend Panjshir and its folks, Nazary mentioned.

“If there is any aggression because our fight is only for defence; if anyone attacks us we will defend ourselves.”

Alongside Massoud’s preventing drive, Panjshir now hosts greater than 1,000 displaced folks from throughout Afghanistan who’ve poured into the valley in search of sanctuary, Nazary mentioned.

“We are seeing Panjshir become a safe zone for all those groups who feel threatened in other provinces.”

He added the province has seen an inflow of intellectuals, girls’s and human rights activists, and politicians “who feel threatened by the Taliban”.

Massoud appealed for weapons from the United States in an op-ed revealed within the Washington Post on Thursday. Nazary informed AFP that in addition they require humanitarian help to feed and deal with the newly arrived.

Massoud is set to face by the folks of the valley and take up his father’s mantle, Nazary added, stressing Afghanistan wants a federated system of presidency to shut its countless cycle of warfare.

“War is just a byproduct of conflict in Afghanistan. What has caused the conflict is that Afghanistan is a country made up of ethnic minorities … (and) in a multi-ethnic country you cannot have one ethnic group dominate politics and others having a presence in the margins.”

Nazary says Massoud’s resistance, and others throughout Afghanistan, are important in making this transformation occur.

“Panjshir has always been a beacon of hope.”

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