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Talks between Taliban and Northern Alliance successful in Panjshir

It's not the first time the dramatic and imposing Panjshir Valley has been a flashpoint in Afghanistan's recent turbulent history (PHOTO: AL JAZEERA)

Talks have taken place between the Taliban delegation and the Northern Alliance in the Afghan province of Panjshir, and peace has been agreed upon between the two sides.

The delegation of the National Resistance Front held talks with the Taliban delegation in the Charikar area of ​​Parwan province. According to the former member of the House of Representatives, the talks between the National Resistance Front and the Taliban delegation took place in a good atmosphere.

Former Member of the House of Representatives Abdul Hafeez Mansoor said that the parties have agreed not to attack each other. The two sides also agreed to continue peace efforts. Talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Northern Alliance are still ongoing. 

It’s not the first time the dramatic and imposing Panjshir Valley has been a flashpoint in Afghanistan’s recent turbulent history – having been a stronghold against Soviet forces in the 1980s, and the Taliban in the 1990s. The group holding out there now – the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) – recently reminded the world of the valley’s strength.

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“Historically, the Panjshir Valley was also known for mining – including semi-precious jewels,” says Elisabeth Leake, associate professor of international history at the University of Leeds. Yesterday, Ahmad Masood, head of the anti-Taliban resistance force in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Province, said the word ‘surrender’ was not in his vocabulary. “I would rather die than surrender to the Taliban,” he said.

Ahmed Masood, the son of former Afghan jihadi commander Ahmad Shah Masood, said this in an interview with a French magazine. The Panchsheer Valley, 150km northeast of the Afghan capital Kabul, is said to be the last stronghold of the Taliban.