Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated that Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the group’s supreme leader, has appointed a special military commander for Panjshir province in northern Afghanistan and the Andarab district of Baghlan province.
According to the Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, who made the announcement on August 21 on Sunday, Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir has been appointed as the special military commander for the Panjshir province and Andarab of Baghlan.
Abdul Qayyum Zakir, who once served as the Taliban government’s Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Defense, is regarded as one of the top military commanders in the Taliban’s administration.
The Taliban have appointed a military commander for Panjshir and Andarab, where opposing factions of the group are active and in conflict with Taliban forces, most notably the National Resistance Front (NRF) headed by Ahmad Massoud.
This comes as the spokesperson for the NRF has declared the capture of several Taliban fighters. The guerrilla attacks of this front have also escalated on Taliban outposts in Panjshir and Andrab of Baghlan, and the Taliban have sustained heavy casualties in these areas.