As the fighting continues in Panjshir, the Taliban on Sunday said they have captured all districts of Panjshir province but the fighting is ongoing at the provincial center.
The Resistance Front, however, rejects the Taliban’s claim, saying they have retaken Paryan district from Taliban forces.
Both Taliban forces and the Resistance Front are claiming to have the upper hand on the battlefield.
Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, said on Sunday that Taliban forces have captured all districts of Panjshir.
“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,” he said.
Taliban forces posted a video on social media saying they have taken heavy equipment used by the Resistance Front.
“We have taken several cannons of the enemy,” said Mawlawi Sakhidad Majmar, a Taliban commander.
The Resistance Front spokesman, Fahim Dashti, however, rejected the Taliban’s claim of taking Panjshir districts, saying that the resistance forces have retaken Paryan district from the Taliban.
Dashti in a tweet said that the Taliban has suffered casualties in the fighting.
“Panjshir’s Paryan has been completely cleared of Taliban. At least, '1,000 terrorists' were stuck as their entrance and exit ways were closed. All the aggressors were arrested or killed by the local people with support from the resistance forces while they were fleeing. A big number of those arrested are foreigners and most of them are specifically Pakistanis,” Dashti tweeted.
Former foreign minister Hanif Atmar urged both sides to stop fighting and resolve the problem with dialogue, adding that the fighting will have negative consequences for the country’s stability.
“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.
Despite this, the Taliban said that on Saturday talks were held between the two sides to find a peaceful solution, but they did not bear any tangible results.
The Resistance Front, however, has not commented on the negotiations.