Former Afghanistan Vice President Amrullah Saleh has appealed to the United Nations asking it mobilise their resources to end the crimes being committed by the Taliban in the war-torn country.
In a letter to the United Nations, Saleh said, Panjshir, the last province in Afghanistan not controlled by the Taliban, was staring at a full scale catastrophe which might lead to genocide of Afghans.
Panjshir is the stronghold of the National Resistance Front. It is led by Ahmad Massoud — the son of famous Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud along with Saleh who are trying to mount a challenge to the Taliban.
The former Vice President said, the Taliban and other foreign groups have unleashed a vicious attack against Panjshir and other free areas of northern Afghanistan.
According to reports, around 2,50,000 people, including local women, children, elderly and 10,000 Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) who arrived in Panjshir are stuck inside these Valleys. They are suffering from the consequences the blockade.
The letter read, if no attention is paid to the situation, a full scale human rights and humanitarian catastrophe including starvation and mass killing, even genocide of these people are in the making.
Further, Saleh said, two decades of conflicts, recurrent natural disasters, disease outbreaks, COVID-19 pandemic and recent takeover by the Taliban has plunged the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
The resistance forces in the country’s northeastern province have said that they would continue fighting the Taliban as their negotiations did not lead to any results.
Last month, the Taliban captured Kabul after mounting a swift offensive in a matter of few weeks. So far, the Taliban have controlled all the regions apart from the Panjshir province.
After Taliban’s ascend to Kabul Former president Ashraf Ghani fled the country and Saleh declared himself the acting President of Afghanistan.