Taliban halts essentials supply to Andarab Valley; situation dire as children & elderly abducted
The Panjshir Valley is the last bastion resisting the Taliban's capture, where some ex-government troops and military forces and other local gangs have gathered under the National Resistance Front headed by Saleh and Ahmed Massoud.Author : A. Gayatri
Afghanistan's acting President Amrullah Saleh has highlighted that the Taliban are halting the supply of food and fuel to the Andarb valley in the northern Baghlan province, adding the situation there is dreadful. He also accused the Taliban of violating human rights in the region.
Saleh's statement comes when fighters of the extremist's group and the resistance forces are indulging in clashes.
"Talibs aren't allowing food and fuel to get into Andarab valley. The humanitarian situation is dire. Thousands of women and children have fled to the mountains. Since the last two days, Talibs abduct children and elderly and use them as shields to move around or do house search," Saleh on late Monday tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Taliban militants are encountering a challenge from the local resistance forces on the Panjshir valley which is led by Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Masoud who was a notable anti-Taliban figure who fought during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan. The Panjshir Valley is the last bastion resisting the Taliban's capture, where some ex-government troops and military forces and other local gangs have gathered under the National Resistance Front headed by Saleh and Ahmed Massoud.
Earlier, Saleh has stated that the Taliban should avoid penetrating Panjshir.
"Talibs have massed forces near the entrance of Panjshir a day after they got trapped in ambush zones of neighbouring Andarab valley and hardly went out in one piece. Meanwhile, the Salang highway is closed by the forces of the Resistance. 'There are terrains to be avoided'. See you," Saleh tweeted.
On the other side, spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a tweet before said that their fighters are "stationed near Panjshir", and that the group was peacefully trying to resolve this issue.
Massoud said he doesn't want war and called for the group to negotiate to create a comprehensive Afghan government, however, has warned that their forces are ready to fight if the Taliban fighters try to enter the Panjshir valley.
UN agencies have warned that they are unable to bring emergency supplies into Afghanistan and said a "humanitarian air bridge" has to be established for immediate supply of medical essentials and various other aids.
Richard Brennan, the WHO Regional Director, said that around 500 tons of medical supplies that were scheduled to reach Afghanistan this week, were unable to come through the agency.
The members of the G7 nations have decided to meet later on Tuesday to have a discourse on the situation of Afghanistan and also if an extension of the troop's withdrawal deadline to August 31 is needed, for a vacation of several people trying to flee the Taliban's capture.
The leaders of the United States, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Japan will also discuss whether the Taliban government should be recognised or not.
The Taliban, however, has warned against extending the withdrawal of the military troops slated for August 31.