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Panjshir: Taliban claim all districts in contested province

PANJSHIR: The Taliban has claimed that all districts in the contested Panjshir valley are now in the control of the Mujahideen.

The deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq said: “The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are actively present in all areas and districts of Panjshir. All the areas are under the control of the Mujahideen. They only faced resistance in Bazarak in the center of Panjshir.”

Fighting still continues in the provincial capital where forces led by Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah Saleh continue to resist the Taliban offensive.

The anti Taliban Resistance has denied the Taliban’s statements and claimed they have retaken Paryan district from the Taliban.

Earlier, Amrullah Saleh refuted reports alleging he had fled the country.

Afghanistan’s former foreign minister Hanif Atmar said: “The war between our Afghan brothers in Panjshir is worrying and the continuation of this fight will have negative consequences for Afghanistan’s security and stability. I urge both sides to give time to their negotiating delegations to find peaceful solutions,” he tweeted.

Various sources claimed that Ahmad Massoud has signalled agreement for peace talks but has demanded that the Taliban withdraw from Panjshir Valley first.

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