The Valley inhabitants emphasise that they do not wish war but negotiations with the Taliban to secure rights for dignity, equality before the law, and equal economic opportunities for everyone.
Tucked away in the mountains, located about 150 kilometres from Kabul, the Panjshir Valley has repeatedly played a decisive role in Afghanistan's military history, as its geographical position almost completely closes it off from the rest of the country.
The invaders had to halt their offensive at the two strategic locations. One of them is Khawak pass, the route heading to the northwest from near the head of the Panjshir and the entrance to the Panjshir Valley. On these two battlefields twenty years ago, the Taliban lost more its terrorists than during the twenty-year fight with NATO and US allies soldiers.
Unlike the Taliban terrorists, the Panjshir Afghans understand the role of rights of the human person in the stability of the political system, and they are read to persuade them in talks.
The multi-ethnic alliance National Resistance Front of Afghanistan emerged as the most prominent opposition group against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Taliban as well. It is currently led by Afghan politician and military leader Ahmad Massoud, a son of the legendary Shah Ahmad Massoud who greatly contributed to the defeat of the Soviets occupation in 1988.
About thirty per cent of all countrymen support the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan that appreciates democratic values.
The negotiations and the failed Taliban attack
The terrorist group cannot ignore such a group. Therefore its representative Amir Khan Mottaqi appeared to be ready to make concessions during a talk to the National Resistance Front's leader Ahmad Massoud on the evening of August 31.
Mr. Massoud demanded guarantees that the Taliban government will honor the rights of every person, freedom of speech and minorities, women rights.
We are pursuing a better and bright future for all of us, said Mr. Fahim Dashty, a close aide to Mr. Massoud. We are willing to ensure the rights of the people of Afghanistan, the values we have been fighting for through the last few decades. But we do not want to achieve this goal by fighting, we prefer negotiations, he emphasized.
But when on Tuesday evening, Mr. Massoud talked to Mr. Mottaqi, the Taliban terrorist carried two offensives against the Panjshir Valley.
According to the National Resistance Front's spokesman, the Panjshr fighters returned safely from the battle, but the Taliban lost thirty and several pieces of its equipment.
The Taliban appeared to test their luck, the spokesman commented.
The Taliban's senior terrorist talks peace, his minions carry armed offensive
Two days later, the terrorists made multiple attempts to enter the village of Shotul from the Jabul-Saraj pass. They failed. The terrorists left more than forty bodies on the battleground. Later Panjshir fighters handed them over to them through mediation by elders of Gulbahar, per human rights and the conventions of war.
While the Taliban terrorists launched missiles at the Panjshir valley, in a recorded speech addressed to Afghans in Panjshir, senior Taliban leader Amir Khan Motaqi called on the fighters to put down their weapons. He had in mind National Resistance Front's fighters.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is home for all Afghans, he said.
After that, the Taliban terrorists tried again at the Khawak pass front, and at the entrance of the Panjshir Valley, the group losses included 350 killed, 287 wounded, and 35 captured. The Taliban also lost some of its weaponry.
The reports from hospitals in Kabul emphasised the mounting number of Taliban wounded who were left untreated because hospital staff did not return to work since the terrorists' takeover of the capital.
Leader of the National Resistance Front demand from the Taliban to honor the rights of human person
On Thursday, the desperate Taliban offered Mr. Massoud protection of Mr. Ahmad Massoud’s property and assets. But the Panjshir Valley leader did not expect such an offer. He said that he was interested in the principled position of the future government.
We want the government which would be responsive to the needs of the people of Afghanistan, emphasised Mr. Dashty.
On Thursday night, the Taliban appeared not to attack the Valley.