January 30, 2023


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Afghanistan: Fighting continues in Panjir, Taliban government’s announcement postponed

Almost three weeks after the return of the Islamic Movement to power, white smoke still lingers in Kabul, as does the international community.

Two Taliban sources warned the AFP that there would be no announcement on Saturday about the future government.

The situation in Panchgarh, one of the last centers armed for the new regime, could explain the delay in delivering the new executive, which is expected to be released early on Friday.

A long-standing anti-Taliban stronghold, located 80 kilometers north of the valley and the capital, is the scene of the last U.S. troops exit the country from fighting between Taliban forces since Monday. And lead. National Opposition (FNR).

On Friday evening in Kabul, slogans were raised to celebrate the Taliban victory in Panjir, especially the rumors bought on social media. But the Taliban did not make any official announcement and a Banjir resident told AFP by phone that the announcements were false.

“Opposition continues”

According to the capital’s emergency services, two people were killed and 20 were injured in these joyous scenes.

Refugee in Banjir Valley, former deputy leader Amrullah Saleh spoke about the “very difficult situation” in a video message aired on Friday evening, while promising that “resistance continues (d) and will continue (rait)”.

According to Ahmed Masood, who led the protests in the Valley, the Taliban “chose the path of war.”

Since they came back to power, the Taliban have tried to show a moderate face and increase overt gestures.

They particularly pledged a “inclusive” government and made contacts in recent weeks with Afghan figures who opposed them.

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But at this point nothing has filtered out their real intentions or the space they want to give to representatives of the opposition or minorities. So the structure of their management will be a test of their true will for change.

Several countries reiterated on Friday that the new regime would be determined by its actions.

“Truly includes”

US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen, who will be in Qatar from Monday to Wednesday, hoped that the Taliban-led government would be “truly inclusive”, with “non-Taliban” representatives of various communities and “interests in Afghanistan.”

Pakistani military intelligence chief Faiz Hamid was seen in Kabul on Saturday, where he is likely to meet with senior Taliban officials with close ties to Islamabad.

The long-awaited rights of women – the international community had in mind the atrocities committed against them during the first Taliban regime (1996-2001) – the country’s new masters promised that these rights would be respected.

But at the same time they may be without female ministers, pointing out that they are more at the bottom level of the balance. Dozens of others hit a sidewalk in Kabul on Saturday after the first demonstration in Herat (West) on Thursday.

Currently there, Taliban militants tried to disperse the rally and prevented those at the scene from filming the scene with their mobile phones, according to images posted on social networking sites.

Beyond security issues, the urgency for the new regime will be paramount to all economies, whether related to the Panjir Valley or the threat posed by the local branch of the Islamic State jihadi group.

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After four decades of conflict, the Afghan economy has crumbled, lost the international aid on which it depends, and is largely frozen.

“Afghanistan is facing an immediate humanitarian catastrophe,” the UN warned on Friday, holding a meeting of member states in Geneva (Switzerland) on September 13 to increase humanitarian aid to the country.

Qatar, for its part, announced on Saturday that it had sent 15 tonnes of humanitarian aid from around the world to Afghanistan and indicated that flights would continue “in the coming days”.

Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan Saeed bin Mubarak told al-Qa’eda’s Al-Jazeera news channel that “international flights will be operated soon.”