“Pangshir strongly opposes anyone who wants to enslave people,” the Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan said on Wednesday.
He had just removed the portrait of President Ashraf Ghani and replaced it with that of Vice President Amrullah Saleh.
After Ghani went into exile in the United Arab Emirates, Saleh declared himself the acting legal head of the state. Previously, Saleh was also chief of intelligence.
He imagines that he will lead the Taliban opposition from the Panjshir Valley.
The lion from Panjshir – and his son
But there is something else much more important in the resistance, as a symbol at least.
Ahmed Masoud is 32 years old and the son of a legend. Ahmad Shah Massoud began his resistance struggle in the Panjshir Valley, but eventually became the main commander of most of northern Afghanistan.
At first he fought against the Soviet occupation, then he fought the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
“The Lion of Panjshir”, as it is called, was killed in a suicide bombing two days before the terrorist al-Qaeda attack on the United States in 2001. Two Arabs impersonated journalists.
The son Ahmed is similar to the father, as it is said in the facts.
It is a part of history that geography is on their side.
The valley is surrounded by high mountains, and the only entrance is through a narrow gorge created by the Panjshir River. So it is relatively easy to protect against attacks from the outside.
Playing on legacy
In an article in the language of Washington Post Young Massoud recalls on Wednesday how French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy visited them in the mountains when he was nine years old.
“When you fight for your freedom, you are also fighting for our freedom,” Levy said.
– My father never forgot this when he was fighting the Taliban regime, writes Masoud Al-Asghar.
He is ready to follow in his father’s footsteps and says they have been stockpiling ammunition for the 20 years since their father was killed.
Soldiers from the Afghan army and former members of the Afghan Special Forces have come to Panjshir to continue the fight.
They have a number of armored vehicles and at least one helicopter at their disposal.
Western support is requested
Ahmed Masoud wrote that they “do not have enough” soldiers, weapons and ammunition.
So he asks the West to find ways to help “without delay”.
Massoud appeals to self-interest. He claims that Taliban-controlled Afghanistan will once again become a base for Islamic terrorism.
This is exactly what the Taliban have repeatedly promised to prevent. For them, state regulation is a competitor.
Support from the former Minister of Defense
Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi is also from the ousted government of President Ghani It is located in Panjshir.
He says He is ready to kill to defend his homeland.
Mohammadi accuses Ghani of “selling away from home”.
Like the ambassador to Tajikistan, the former defense minister believes that his former chief and commander-in-chief should be arrested.
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