Karzai Calls Taliban’s War Against NRF ‘Fratricide’; Urges Both Sides to Stop It

Friday, 09/16/2022

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai expressed "grave concern" about the escalation of the conflict between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front (NRF) in Panjshir province.

Karzai called the conflict between the two sides "fratricide" and demanded an end to the war.

In a statement on Friday, Karzai urged the Taliban to facilitate the ground for national dialogue to ensure a peaceful settlement of the current war in Afghanistan.

He added, "The bitter experiences of the past have proved that war and bloodshed are not the solutions to problems, but on the contrary, they cause more destruction."

He stressed that "dialogue and understanding" is the only solution to the current crisis.

Over the past few weeks, violence and clashes have escalated in Panjshir province. The Taliban have started an offensive against the NRF forces and has deployed additional fighters to the province.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid recently claimed that as a result of the group’s offensive, 40 resistance fighters have died and over 100 of them had been arrested.

The Taliban published video clips too of killing the NRF captives in coldblood on social media which has received international criticism from watchdog groups.

NRF has accused the Taliban of committing war crimes in Panjshir and added that the group has inflicted high casualties to the Taliban forces during the ongoing clashes.

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