Taliban close to capturing Afghanistan’s ‘last stronghold’, Ahmed Masood, son of ‘Lion of Panjshir’ preparing to surrender

Afghanistan Crisis: Ahmed Masood had sought help from France, Europe, America, and Arab countries. Masood said that he had helped his father fight against the Soviets and the Taliban 20 years ago.

Kabul. The Taliban is now close to its ‘complete victory’ in Afghanistan. It is reported that the fighters of Panjshir are planning to surrender due to a lack of help and resources. There were some reports, in which it was being told that under the leadership of Ahmed Masood, son of Ahmed Shah Masood, who was called the ‘lion’ of Panjshir, preparations are being made to wage war against the Taliban. The special thing is that whether it was the civil war of 1990 or the Soviet intervention a decade before that, the Panjshir Valley could not achieve any victory.

According to the report of The Telegraph, fighters in Panjshir are preparing to surrender due to a lack of resources and international aid. Masood’s adviser, whose identity has not been disclosed by The Telegraph, said the 32-year-old was looking for a way to lay down his arms with his honor. He said, ‘Panjshir cannot fight Taliban, Taliban has huge power.’ He said, ‘It is not 1980, Taliban have strong fighters.’

Help was sought from many countries

Recently, he wrote in the Washington Post newspaper, ‘I am writing today from the Panjshir Valley, ready to follow in the footsteps of my father with the Mujahideen fighters who are ready to face the Taliban once again. Masood further wrote that his forces would need international help. It is being said that there are more than 6000 fighters in his army.

He had sought help from France, Europe, America, and Arab countries. Masood said that he had helped his father fight against the Soviets and the Taliban 20 years ago. Masood’s father had conducted the biggest campaign against Taliban in Panjshir. He was assassinated in 2001. Born in 1989 in Piyu, Takhar province, Masood did his schooling in Iran and then did a one-year army course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Britain.

What has been Masood’s reaction so far?

Masood had said that he wanted to hold peace talks with the Taliban and did not want to see a civil war in Afghanistan. However, he also warned to confront if needed. Last week, local forces liberated Bano, Des Saleh, Pul-e-Hesar in the northern province of Baghlan from Taliban control.

“The Taliban have surrounded Panjshir from all directions and I don’t think Masood’s sons will be able to stop it for more than a few months,” researcher Abdul Sayed in Sweden told AFP. For the time being, they do not have any strong support. At the same time, experts are also expressing doubts about the ability of anti-Taliban forces. The Taliban have recently added US weapons to their arsenal as well.

Speaking to the Financial Times, a person familiar with the security of the province said, “It is not easy to enter (Panjshir), there are high cliffs and roads, but the Taliban army is much stronger.”

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