Digital Desk, Kabul. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday expressed concern over the ongoing clashes between the Taliban and resistance forces in Panjshir. He called on both sides to resolve their differences through diplomacy. Hamid Karzai’s response comes days after talks between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) broke down.
In a tweet, Karzai said the intense fighting in the northern province is not in the interest of Afghanistan or its people. War is not a solution, he said, rather it only refreshes the wounds and causes pain. Karzai tweeted, “I hope both sides will resolve the current issue through dialogue so that our victims can fully enjoy peace and happiness.”
… مونه نور م ازه وي او ناخوالې وي.
دواړو واوو نه له وم د مذاکراتو له لارې موجوده ستونزه ل ي و موږ ورېدلی ولس له ل سولې او
— Hamid Karzai (@KarzaiH) September 3, 2021
The Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August. Panjshir is the only province the Taliban has not been able to capture. Led by Ahmed Masood, the son of a former Mujahideen commander, several thousand members of the local militia and survivors of army and special forces units are demonstrating against the radical Islamist organization.
After intense clashes earlier this week, the NRFA claimed to have foiled a Taliban attack and killed 115 insurgents, captured 40 others and confiscated US military equipment and weapons. The Taliban, on the other hand, says it has besieged Panjshir and called on resistance forces to lay down their arms and come to the negotiating table to negotiate a settlement.