Panjshir May Fall To Taliban With Pakistan’s Help
Panjshir May Fall To Taliban With Pakistan’s Help
The only piece of Afghanistan that was not under Taliban control was Panjshir Valley, where a credible resistance force was holding the line.
Kim covered their brave stand against the Taliban here, but reports are coming in via Twitter and Indian news sources that the situation in Panjshir has changed. Around 3:41 am this morning AFT (Afghanistan Time), a tweet was sent out from the Panjshir_Province account that may have sounded the beginning of the end for the resistance forces.
#Panjshir is under heavy attack tonight.
the valley is under fire. They attacked from the ground and air.
As Taliban launch fierce attacks in Panjshir, Pakistan ISI chief is in Kabul. Also, the world is watching.
— Panjshir_Province (@PanjshirProvin1) September 5, 2021
While this account is unverified, the reports of what is going on has made it to other, verified, accounts – including the possibility that Pakistan might be involved in helping the Taliban out.
Unconfirmed reports from #Afghanistan say #Pakistan Air Force is using drones in #Panjshir while Jihadi infantry is trying to penetrate the free enclave. If confirmed, the Sec-Gen of the #UN should call for an emergency meeting of the Security Council to order a full cease fire.
— Walid Phares (@WalidPhares) September 5, 2021
We already knew that Pakistan had thrown their diplomatic weight behind the Taliban. Throwing their military capabilities behind them is a completely different matter. This raises the stakes from Joe Biden’s claim of “Afghanistan’s civil war” to something else entirely. And if the United Nations wasn’t such a weak-willed and worthless organization, then sure, they could do something about it if Pakistan is confirmed to be helping out the Taliban by droning Panjshir in order to soften it up for a ground assault.
India – no friend to Pakistan – has already begun reporting on what is happening to Panjshir.
Panjshir province, the last bastion of resistance forces in Afghanistan, was bombed by Pakistani Air Force drones, reports said on Sunday. Former Samangan MP Zia Arianjad was quoted as saying by Aamaj News that Pakistani drones have bombed Panjshir using smart bombs.”
Earlier on Sunday night, Fahim Dashty, the spokesperson of Ahmad Massoud, who is leading a resistance movement to the Taliban, was killed during fighting with the Taliban in Panjshir. General Sahib Abdul Wadood Zhor, nephew of Ahmad Shah Massoud and a former prominent Mujahideen commander, was also killed in the battle, Asvaka News Agency reported.”
Meanwhile, the resistance forces in the Panjshir valley have called for a ceasefire after reports emerged that they suffered heavy losses in the battle.”
The former vice president, Amrullah Saleh, who is serving as a resistance figurehead, has been communicating from Panjshir, warning that Pakistan is helping the Taliban out.
According to one news source, Saleh’s location was allegedly attacked by helicopter, and he has moved to a “safe place,” but still in Panjshir. Just yesterday, Saleh was begging the UN to keep them from being completely overrun.
Raising an alarm over the situation in Panjshir, Saleh in a letter to then UN said a large-scale humanitarian crisis is occuring across Panjshir and three Andrabs districts in Baghlan province due to the economic blockade, telecommunication blackout by the Taliban.”
“We call on the United Nations and the international community to do its utmost to prevent the Taliban’s onslaught into Panjshir province and encourage, negotiate a political solution to ensure thousands of displaced and hosting civilians are saved,” Saleh said.”
Saleh said that “if no attention is paid to this situation, a full-scale human rights and humanitarian catastrophe including starvation and mass killing, even genocide of these people are in the making.”
Journalist Lara Logan is also confirming the involvement of Pakistan in the Panjshir attacks.
That’s from my last interview w Saleh when he came to Washington DC this past summer. Now he’s being hunted by Afghanistan’s greatest enemy – Pakistani Intelligence Services, ISI. They killed NRF spokesman w an ISI drone & bombed Saleh’s people from US Blackhawk w Pakistani pilot
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) September 6, 2021
Let’s assume that the reports are true. What will the UN do? Send another strongly-worded letter from the Security Council (minus China and Russia, surprise) to the Taliban? We all know how well the last one, which demanded safe passage out of the country, is doing. Another letter would be a joke.
What will the Biden administration do? Hide behind the UN, of course. Biden is still on vacation in Delaware, trying to determine how many pints of ice cream Jill will let him eat before lunch. You really think he cares about the Panjshir Valley? He has cruelly and brutally washed his hands of Afghanistan. He can barely be bothered to care about American citizens left behind, much less Afghan resistance fighters trying to fend off the Taliban. Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, and Ron Klain are all likely equally anxious to defer to the UN – can’t blame Biden if the UN doesn’t do anything! – and ignore the situation.
The Panjshir resistance might have been able to hold off the Taliban, but not the Taliban and the Pakistan military. And Saleh is not wrong to point out that mass killings will follow. Despite the Taliban’s lip service about “amnesty,” people are being brutally killed in Afghanistan, and they all just happen to be people the Taliban don’t like. It will be even easier for the Taliban to write off everyone in Panjshir as a casualty of battle, if they have to.