Taliban has claimed that its forces have made a headway into the Panjshir valley in Afghanistan. Taliban Spokesman Bilal Karimi posted on Twitter that the police headquarters and the district center of Ruqwah close to the provincial capital Bazarak have fallen. He claimed that opposition forces have suffered many casualties.
However, the opposition forces under the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan led by Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah Saleh have said Taliban is spreading a false propaganda. They have pledged to resist the offensive and called for international support.
Meanwhile, religious scholars and clerics from Afghanistan called for talks among various groups to ensure peace and security in the country.
Ahmad Massoud on a Facebook post welcomed the move and said that if the Taliban withdrew their fighters from Panjshir and Andarab, they would be ready for peace. He welcomed the fact that scholars and clerics of the country are not indifferent to the current situation, but are seeking peace and security.
The 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 the 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. According to reports, aound 2,50,000 people, including local women, children, elderly and 10,000 Internally Displaced persons who arrived in Panjshir are stuck inside these Valleys. They are suffering from the consequences of the blockade by Taliban.
In Kabul, the Taliban political head, Mullah Baradar met with UN Under Secretary General for humanity affairs on Sunday. The meeting comes days before UN Aid conference on Afghanistan in Geneva on 13th September.