Taliban claims victory in Panjshir

A view of a gate of the provincial governor’s office in Panjshir [Reuters]

Completing their takeover of Afghanistan three weeks after capturing Kabul, Taliban has claimed victory over opposition forces in the last holdout province of Panjshir.

“With this victory, our country is completely taken out of the quagmire of war,” chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Monday.

However, the anti-Taliban National Resistance Front (NRF), pledged to carry on fighting in Panjshir Valley, saying it is present in “strategic positions” and that “the struggle against the Taliban… will continue,” reports Al Jazeera.

“We wanted to resolve the Panjshir issue through talks, we tried very hard. But some who had fled Kabul, carrying weapons and vehicles from the treasury, wanted to disturb the nation. They responded negatively to our delegations. Panjshir is in the hands of security forces,” Mujahid told a press conference in the capital Kabul.

The whereabouts of resistance leader Ahmed Massoud and Amrullah Saleh, the former vice president who had joined the resistance after the fall of Kabul, were not immediately known, according to Al Jazeera.

Massoud said in a Twitter message that he was safe.