Locals in Kabul took to the streets to protest the alleged involvement of Pakistani forces in Panjshir, the last pocket of anti-Taliban resistance, which was finally overrun on Monday (September 6).
Footage shows men and women gathering on the streets and chanting ‘Death to Pakistan’ early morning of September 7. Taliban fighters can be seen trying to appease protesters to no avail.
The jihadi militants claimed victory following two weeks of clashes in the mountainous Panjshir valley, the only Afghan province not under Taliban control after they swept into power last month on August 15.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said: ‘Panjshir province, the last stronghold of the mercenary enemy, was completely conquered. With the help of God Almighty and with the broad support of our nation, our latest efforts for the complete security of the country and the province have paid off.’
Ahmad Massoud, leader of the National Resistance Front (NRF) in Afghanistan, confirmed the bombing of Panjshir by Taliban fighters who were reportedly aided by Pakistani drones. NRF spokesmen Fahim Dashty and General Abdul Wudod Zara, as well as several of Massoud’s family members, were killed.
Meanwhile, Massoud has vowed to sustain resistance efforts, enjoining Afghans to stand up against Taliban rule.
He said: ‘Dear compatriots, I call you wherever you are, whether inside or outside [Afghanistan], to start a national uprising for the dignity, freedom and pride of our homeland. Whoever can stand in any way and raise their voice for freedom, we are by your side.’