Friday, January 28, 2022

Open to peace talks with Taliban: Afghan Resistance Group leader Ahmad Massoud

In Afghanistan ,the leader of the Afghan resistance group Ahmad Massoud said that he is open to enter peace talks with Taliban.

In a post on Facebook, Mr Massoud said the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), which includes former Afghan security force members and local militias, would be prepared to stop fighting if the Taliban ceased their attacks. However, there was no immediate response from the Taliban.Earlier, reports suggest that Taliban had rapidly gained ground in Panjshir. The Taliban said their forces were now in the provincial capital, Bazarak, where they inflicted “numerous casualties”, though this was disputed by the NRF.

The National Resistance Front said, A Taliban general and his 13 bodyguards were killed but NRF spokesman Fahim Dashti and a commander, Gen Abdul Wudod Zara, had also been killed in the conflict.

Religious scholars and clerics from Afghanistan called for talks among various groups to ensure peace and security in the country. Massoud supported a plan, put forward by religious clerics, for a negotiated settlement, and called on the Taliban to end their offensive.

Meanwhile in Kabul, UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths met Taliban leaders and urged them to protect all civilians, especially women, girls and minorities. A UN spokesman said the Taliban leaders had given a commitment to allow humanitarian access to all people in need and to guarantee freedom of movement for all humanitarian workers, both men and women. According to the UN, 18 million Afghans, nearly half of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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