Although no details have been released about the ongoing fighting between the Taliban and resistance forces in Panjshir since Friday night, Taliban officials said they have captured four districts in the province.
Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, said on Saturday that Taliban forces have captured Shotul, Paryan, Khenj and Abshar districts of Panjshir.
According to Samangani, now the fighting is taking place in Anaba, which is near to Panjshir's provincial center.
“The districts of Paryan, Shotul, Khenj and Abshar have been completely captured and now the Mujahideen are at the central part of Anaba (district),” Samangani said.
Due to the cutoff telecom services in Panjshir, TOLOnews was unable to obtain comments from the Resistance Front about the fighting.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the Resistance Front, on Saturday morning in a Facebook post said they are resisting the Taliban attacks on Panjshir.
Amrullah Saleh, the former VP and a leader of the Resistance Front, meanwhile in a recorded message on Friday night said the situation is grim, but they will resist the attacks.
“The resistance continues. The enemy has suffered casualties, we also have suffered casualties. I attended the funeral of one of my companions. But the situation is under our control,” he said.
Meanwhile, Salahuddin Rabbani, head of Jamiat-e-Islami party, called on the Taliban on Saturday to stop attacking Panjshir.
“If the use of force and violence continues against the people, sooner or later public resistance will start in other parts of the county as well,” he said in a recorded message published on his Facebook page.
Atta Mohammad Noor, head of the deviated faction of Jamiat-e-Islami party, said that the continuation of the Taliban’s attack on Panjshir will lead to another war in the country.
“If the leaders’ request for a political agreement does not bear any results, the expansion of the resistance front is one of the other options that we will concentrate on,” Noor said.
The fighting between the Taliban forces and the resistance forces have been ongoing for the past several days.
Although both sides have held some meetings to resolve the issue peacefully, the talks failed to bear any fruit.