Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval at his residence to discuss the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. The meeting comes on the heels of the Taliban’s claims of total control over Afghanistan with a major blow in the Panjshir Valley, where the Afghan National Resistance Front was based.
Forces led by former Vice President Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the son of former Afghan guerrilla commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, have fought the Taliban from this mountain base.
“With this victory, our country has been completely lifted out of the quagmire of war,” Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference in Kabul.
However, the Afghan National Resistance Front denied the Taliban’s claims. “The road in the Panjshir valley is with the Taliban. However, the fighting continues in the sub-valleys,” they told NewsMadura.
“We assure the people of Afghanistan that the fight against the Taliban and their partners will continue until justice and freedom prevail,” the Front also tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi has formed a high-level group to focus on India’s immediate priorities in view of the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Sources said the group includes Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, Mr Doval and other senior officials. The group has monitored the ground situation in Afghanistan and the international response to it.
The evacuations from the war-torn country, where thousands desperately wanted to bypass Taliban rule, came to an end on August 31.