Panjshir: Former Afghan vice president and self-proclaimed President of the strife-torn country, Amrullah Saleh has urged the United Nations and other aid agencies to stem the humanitarian crisis in the Panjshir province which has been witnessing an intense fight between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front supported by Saleh.
Saleh, in a letter wrote, “Around 2,50,000 people, including local women, children, elderly and 10,000 IDPs who arrived in Panjshir after the fall of Kabul and other large cities are stuck inside these Valleys and suffering from the consequences of this inhuman blocked (sic). If no attention is paid to this situation, a full scale human rights and humanitarian catastrophe including starvation and mass killing, even genocide of these people are in the making.”
Saleh had earlier rebuffed media reports that he has fled to Tajikistan and that the Taliban have seized control of the province.
“We call on the United Nations and the international community to do its utmost to prevent the Taliban’s onslaught into Panjshir province,” he said as quoted by India Today
Meanwhile, as per reports, around 600 Taliban fighters have been killed by forces which are in no mood to surrender to the insurgents. Though Taliban leaders have been claiming victory, their rivals have refuted such notions.