A number of politicians including Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), Mohammad Mohaqiq, the leader of the Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami Afghanistan party, and the former Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil, reacted to the war in Panjshir and the latest developments in the country on Tuesday.
The politicians' comments on the issue come a day after the Taliban claimed to have captured all of Panjshir province.
Abdullah, referring to the war in Panjshir, wrote on his Facebook page that imposing demands on people by force will not have positive results and will lead to the continuation of conflict and suffering.
Abdullah said he regrets the death of the Resistance Front spokesman Fahim Dashti, and also Abdul Wadood Zara, a nephew of the late Ahmad Shah Massoud.
“While I am deeply saddened about the recent events, I emphasize that imposing will by force has never had positive results and it will make our people continue to suffer,” Abdullah said on his Facebook page.
Mohaqiq, condemning the attack on Panjshir, wrote on his Facebook page that Panjshir did not deserve such a large-scale and cruel offensive.
Mohaqiq also warned against "foreign intervention."
Nabil has also said the current situation is not acceptable to the people of Afghanistan. He sharply criticized what he has called Pakistan’s intervention in Afghanistan.
“The people of Afghanistan do not hate any country as much as they do Pakistan’s military. Because it is the third time that Pakistan’s army has broken apart Afghanistan’s government. The overt and covert presence of the Pakistanis has sharply damaged people’s emotions and the continuation of this situation is not acceptable,” Nabil’s post read.
Telecom services have been cut to Panjshir and TOLOnews was unable to get details about the situation on the ground but people who have come from Panjshir to Kabul say that food and other essential tems have not arrived in Panjshir and the people are facing numerous problems.
“For the past two weeks all the telecom services have stopped in Panjshir. The electricity has been cut. There is no food and medicine. People are in a panic and have fled to the mountains,” said Fahim Fetrat, a member of the Resistance Front.
A Taliban commander in Panjshir, Hedayatullah, meanwhile, asked the people of Panjshir to stay in their houses.
“Stay tranquil and stay in your houses. The Islamic Emirate Mujahideen are your sweet brothers,” he said.
Although social media users claimed that Pakistan’s intelligence is involved in the war in Panjshir, the Taliban deny the claim.