Panjshir has emerged as the only Afghan province where the Taliban’s authority has been resisted by an armed movement. As per reports, the anti-Taliban fighters in the province are being backed by Tajikistan, which last week conferred its highest award to Ahmad Shah Massoud, a legendary anti-Taliban commander who died days before the 9/11 attacks.
The National Resistance Front (NRF) fighting the Taliban* forces in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province on Monday accused Pakistan of providing air and military support to the Islamist group to help it take control of the mountainous region.
Ahmad Massoud, the son of famed anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, and Afghanistan’s first vice-president Amrullah Saleh are co-leading the anti-Taliban forces in Panjshir.
The NRF military commanders in the region say that “Pakistani drones” were targeting their forces in Panjshir, which has emerged as the bastion of the anti-Taliban resistance movement in the Central Asian nation.
Several sources have also claimed Pakistan is not only providing air support to the Taliban, that several Pakistani military personnel had also been helping in the ground operations against the NRF.
The NRF is said to have suffered many casualties as well as the loss of more territory to the Taliban in the overnight hostilities, with the group’s spokesperson Fahim Dashty and a leading commander, General Abdul Wudod Zara, killed by the Taliban forces last night.
Saleh’s home in Panjshir is…