Following recent skirmishes between National Resistance Front (NRF) forces and the Taliban, Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the NRF in Afghanistan, has emphasized the necessity of a political engagement to resolve the country’s present issues.

As long as the Taliban do not come to an agreement with his group, the NRF’s leader, who commands a small force in the Panjshir mountains, stated, that there is no recourse except to oppose them.

Ahmad Massoud cautioned that if the current issues in Afghanistan are not addressed, it will have ramifications for the region and the world.

“The Taliban or any other group should find a political solution in cooperation with the region and the world to solve the problems of Afghanistan, otherwise, the problems in Afghanistan can once again reach out to the region and world,” the NRF leader said.

After August 15, 2021, when Afghanistan collapsed to the Taliban, foreign forces’ outposts with all weapons and equipment were obtained by Taliban forces, the NRF leader warned that these weapons will be used to destabilize the security of countries in the region and around the world.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported last month that Taliban security forces in northern Afghanistan’s Panjshir province had arbitrarily imprisoned and tortured people accused of belonging to the opposition armed group.

According to former detainees, the Taliban security forces beat over 80 locals in Panjshir’s Khenj district to coerce them to divulge information about the NRF in early June.

The NRF was established in Panjshir in the days preceding August 15th, and according to Ahmad Massoud, it already comprises more than 3,000 regular military forces.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).