A Taliban resistance group in Afghanistan claims it has thousands of fighters ready to fight.
Ali Nazary (head of foreign relations at the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan) told the BBC that they are open to peaceful negotiations.
He added that “if this fails… then it’s not going to be accepted any kind of aggression.”
The Taliban claim that they have taken control of the Panjshir valley stronghold of the Taliban and placed them under siege.
According to resistance figures, the Taliban are also advancing in the region northeast of Kabul.
Amrullah Saleh was vice-president of the government overthrown by the Taliban. He is currently based in Panjshir.
Panjshir, in particular, the Panjshir Valley, is well-known for its ability to repel invasions. This includes Soviet forces during the Soviet Afghan war (1979-1989) and Taliban forces in the 1990s.
The region is currently under the control and supervision of the NRF. It was founded by Ahmad Massoud, the son of Afghan resistance hero Ahmad Shah Massoud.
Ahmad Shah Massoud, a strong guerrilla commander, led the resistance against USSR and went on to lead Afghanistan’s military wing in the 1990s against rival militias. He was the main opposition commander until the Taliban took control. His assassination occurred in 2001.
According to Mr Nazary, Panjshir has had an influx of resistance fighters from all over the country. They have now joined forces with those they had trained locally.
Although he claimed that the group had “thousands” of forces available for resistance, the BBC has not independently verified his claim.
The spokesman said that they prefer peace and negotiations over any type of conflict or war.
The ultimate goal of the NRF is to achieve decentralised governance in the country.
He said, “The NRF believes that in order to achieve lasting peace, we must address the root causes of violence in Afghanistan.” “Afghanistan, a country that is made up ethnic minorities, is not a country where there is one majority. It is a multi-ethnic state. Therefore, it requires power sharing. This power-sharing agreement allows everyone to see themselves as in power.
He said that if one group dominates politics, it will lead to “internal war and the continuation of current conflict.”
Mr Nazary said, “We prefer peace. We prioritise negotiations and peace.” “If we see the other side isn’t sincere, if the other side is trying force itself onto the rest of the nation – then we won’t accept any form of aggression.
“And we have proven ourselves, our track records in the past [40+ years] have shown that no one is able to conquer this region, particularly the Panjshir valley.
“The Red Army with all its might was unable defeat us… I don’t believe any force in Afghanistan right now has the same might as the Red Army. The Taliban tried to seize the valley 25 years ago, but they lost. They were defeated.