The leader of the Afghan opposition group opposing Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul said on Sunday that he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting.
Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group’s Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban forces said they had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir after conquering surrounding districts.
“The NRF agrees in principle to resolve the current issues and immediately end the fighting and continue negotiations,” Massoud said in the Facebook post.
“In order to achieve a lasting peace, the NRF is ready to end the fight on condition that the Taliban also stop their attacks and military movements on Panjshir and Andarab,” he said, referring to a district in neighboring Baghlan province.
Earlier, Afghan media reported that an Ulema council of religious scholars had called on the Taliban to accept a negotiated settlement to end the fighting in Panjshir.
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