A series of explosions sounded again over the weekend in Afghanistan. In the south of the country, the Taliban have already become targets. In Jalalabad, on 18 and 19 September, there were several bombings of Taliban militant vehicles. The attack killed three people and injured about 20 more. Another explosion took place in Kabul. According to media reports, the sabotage was carried out using a magnetic mine and led to the injuries of three people.
The ISIS-Khorasan group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Meanwhile, the Taliban-appointed mayor of Kabul, Hamdullah Nomani, has ordered women in the municipality not to go to work if men can do their jobs. He stated that the Taliban had ordered the termination of women’s work for a while. According to Nomani, there are about 1,000 women working in the metropolitan municipality.
Earlier, the Taliban government’s education ministry banned schoolgirls and secondary school teachers from attending educational institutions. The Taliban say this is a temporary measure. The group promises to return schoolgirls and teachers to schools after they create conditions there for the separate education of boys and girls.
We talked about the future of Afghanistan and the situation in Panjshir with the representative of the National Resistance Front in Europe, Ahmad Wali Massoud.
– Mr. Masoud, where is the leader of the National Resistance Front now? Why is there no news from Ahmad Massoud? Is he alive?
– In the name of God. Yes, he is alive and well. His place is kept secret and his appeal will be published shortly.
– Before the capture of Panjshir, there were many predictions that the Taliban would not be able to take the region. What was the reason for the fall of Panjshir?
– The Taliban gathered their forces from all 33 provinces, pulled the fighters of all terrorist groups located there and concentrated a huge amount of various types of weapons. In the end, after 10 days, they were able to break the line of defense. But Panjshir could not be taken completely. There is still resistance there. Most of the region is under our control.
– Recently, the Taliban announced the seizure of huge depots of weapons, fuel and provisions of the National Resistance Front. With the Panjshir surrounded, how long can the resistance last?
– The National Front of Resistance did not have large reserves. It is for this reason that the resistance could not resist for a long time in direct clashes with the Taliban. The second point, the war has now acquired a partisan character. It is important to note that for 40 years a guerrilla war was waged against the invaders in Panjshir.
Now the resistance, after some preparation, has intensified the guerrilla war and I want to emphasize that this type of struggle will be extended beyond the Panjshir and will cover all the northern provinces of Afghanistan.
A month later, the people come to understand that the Taliban do not have any ideals and are not able to solve the problems of the population. Therefore, everything is on the rise.
– Why didn’t the resistance in other regions start immediately after the arrival of the Taliban?
– Because everyone hoped for the 300 thousandth army of President Ghani. People thought that the government army would be able to resist. No one even imagined that the army would crumble so quickly. Therefore, there was no preparation for resistance.
Now, in addition to Afghanistan itself, the anti-Taliban campaign is going on outside the country, in many countries of the world. People are demonstrating, political consultations are underway.
– You are in charge of political affairs of the National Resistance Front. Are there any contacts with the former leaders of the first resistance front with Dostum, Khalili, Muhakkik, Nur and others?
– Yes, they all have direct contact with the leader of the National Resistance Front. And God willing, soon the resistance will acquire a universal character with the participation of all ethnic groups in Afghanistan.
Everyone made sure that the Taliban, apart from the seizure of force, have no personnel potential, except for a handful of terrorist groups. They do not know how to govern the country. During the time that they were in power, they could not even satisfy the primary needs of society. In addition to the manifestation of strength and aggression, they could not show themselves.
– I would like to ask about the failed negotiations of the National Front of Resistance with the Taliban. Is it true that you demanded 25 percent of the seats in Afghanistan’s new government from the Taliban, as some Taliban leaders claim?
– Completely wrong. During the negotiations, the National Front of Resistance never put forward such conditions. We have always talked about the future form of government. The National Front called on the Taliban to adopt a structure that is representative and reflects the interests of the people of Afghanistan.
We talked about the values that should guide the future government: elections, democracy, women’s rights, civil rights, human freedom and freedom of speech.
The National Front has never raised the issue of the division of seats. Unfortunately, the Taliban want to legitimize their emirate by giving up a couple of seats to representatives of other forces. But we fundamentally disagree with this approach.
– In recent days, there has been a lot of talk about possible talks between the Taliban and representatives of other non-Pashtun ethnic groups in Afghanistan. Recently, the leaders of Pakistan and Tajikistan discussed this option. Do you think Pakistan can force the Taliban to create an inclusive government?
– The Pakistani leadership has so far failed to fulfill its earlier promises. They couldn’t do anything. They previously said that they would force the Taliban to create an inclusive government, but they failed to implement it.
Now they promise again, promise to the leadership of Tajikistan. I think we will see what the result will be pretty soon.
– Judging by the appeals of Ahmad Massoud in Western publications and your efforts in Europe, the National Resistance Front is looking for support in the West. Why are such efforts not being made in the direction of those countries that supported the first resistance in the 90s, in particular Iran, India and Russia?
– Look, the countries of the region believe that they can profitably negotiate with the Taliban. But soon they will realize that negotiations with the Taliban does not meet their interests; on the contrary, they will feel that it was to their detriment. Because the Taliban are part of global terrorism and they cannot separate from them. Terrorist groups know no boundaries or boundaries. And at the first opportunity they will try to penetrate the countries of the region. In the countries of the West, other values prevail. Public opinion in the West is against the ideas of the Taliban.