Afghanistan Crisis: Pakistan has dismissed reports of helping Taliban fighters against the resistance forces in the Panjshir Valley, calling it a “mischievous campaign”. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar issued a statement and dismissed the allegations, saying it was a part of a ‘mischievous propaganda’ campaign. “These malicious allegations were part of a desperate attempt to defame Pakistan and mislead the international community,” he said in the statement. “
Iftikhar stressed that Pakistan is committed to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. The news agency PTI quoted the United States Central Command as saying that the Pakistani army helped Taliban fighters in Panjshir against the Resistance Forces. Apart from this, at least 27 helicopters and drones of Pakistan Special Forces helped the Taliban in this fight.
It is worth noting that the head of Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen Faiz Hameed also met Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar a day before the ‘fall’ of Panjshir. Although both sides claimed that there was discussion about the refugee crisis and closed borders in Spin Boldak.
The Taliban said on Monday that it had completely captured Panjshir. This was the only province that was not captured by the Taliban. However, Panjshir fighters have claimed that the Taliban has not completely captured Panjshir. National Resistance Front (NRF) leader Ahmed Masood said senior leaders were safe and also called for a “national rebellion”.