The Taliban on Monday warned anyone who tried to resist them, and called on the former government armed forces to join the Taliban troops in the new security services.
“The Islamic Emirate is very sensitive about insurgencies. Anyone who tries to create an insurgency will be severely repressed, ”the main Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, told a press conference. “The Afghan forces formed over the past twenty years will be called upon to join the security services alongside the Taliban,” he added.
Panchir as the last victory
The Taliban had previously announced on Monday that it had taken complete control of the landlocked and difficult-to-access Panchir Valley, 80 km north of Kabul, which was the last hotbed of armed opposition against them since their seizure of power. August 15th. “With this victory, our country is now completely out of the doldrums of war,” Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.
Long-standing anti-Taliban stronghold, the Panchir, which legendary commander Ahmed Shah Massoud helped make famous in the late 1980s before being assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2001, is home to the National Resistance Front (FNR) . The FNR, led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of Commander Massoud, responded to the Taliban by claiming to retain “strategic positions” in the valley. “The fight against the Taliban and their partners will continue,” he added.
“The war is over”
“Anyone who takes up arms and launches a new resistance will, without a doubt, be our enemy. The war is over, the country is emerging from the crisis. Now is the time for peace and reconstruction. We need the support of the people, ”Zabihullah Mujahid reiterated to the press. The spokesperson also promised the residents of Panchir that they would be safe and would not be discriminated against. He assured that electricity and telecommunications would be restored without delay in the province.
Regarding the government, whose composition was initially expected to be unveiled last Friday, Zabihullah Mujahid assured that it would be announced in “the coming days”. “The last decisions have been taken, we are working on the technical issues,” he said. “We will announce the new government as soon as these technical issues have been resolved.”