Home World Afghan Resistance Leader Vows 'No Surrender'

Afghan Resistance Leader Vows ‘No Surrender’


Afghan Resistance Leader Vows 'No Surrender'

Afghan men wave a flag above portrait of late Afghan commander Ahmad Shah Massoud

Paris, France:

The leader of a resistance movement to the Taliban has vowed to never surrender but is open to negotiations with the new rulers of Afghanistan, according to an interview published by Paris Match on Wednesday.  

Ahmad Massoud, the son of legendary Afghan rebel commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, has retreated to his native Panjshir valley north of Kabul along with former vice-president Amrullah Saleh.

“I would prefer to die than to surrender,” Massoud told French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in his first interview since the Taliban took over Kabul. “I’m the son of Ahmad Chah Massoud. Surrender is not a word in my vocabulary.”

Massoud claimed that “thousands” of men were joining his National Resistance Front in Panjshir valley, which was never captured by invading Soviet forces in 1979 or the Taliban during their first period in power from 1996-2001.

He renewed his appeal for support from foreign leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, and expressed bitterness at being refused weapons shortly before the fall of Kabul earlier this month.

“I cannot forget the historic mistake made by those I was asking for weapons just eight days ago in Kabul,” Massoud said, according to a transcript of the interview published in French.

“They refused. And these weapons — artillery, helicopters, American-made tanks — are today in the hands of the Taliban,” he said.

Massoud added that he was open to talking to the Taliban and he laid out the outlines of a possible agreement.

“We can talk. In all wars, there are talks. And my father always spoke with his enemies,” he said.

“Let’s imagine that the Taliban agreed to respect the rights of women, of minorities, democracy, the principles of an open society,” he added. “Why not try to explain that these principals would benefit all Afghans, including them?

Massoud’s father, a francophile with close links to Paris and the West, was nicknamed the “Lion of Panjshir” for his role in fighting against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and the Taliban regime in the 1990s.

He was assassinated by Al-Qaeda two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



Source link

RELATED ARTICLES

Sparse Attendance At Rally In Support Of US Capitol Rioters

<!-- -->Demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington.Washington: A few hundred protesters turned up Saturday in Washington to rally in...

Relatives Of Afghanistan Family Killed In US Strike Want Face-To-Face Apology

<!-- -->Ten members of an Afghan family were killed in a US strike.Kabul, Afghanistan: Relatives of the victims of a US drone strike...

France Accuses Australia, US Of Lying In Crisis Over Submarine Row

<!-- -->A "serious crisis" was now in progress between the allies, the French Foreign Minister said. (FILE)Paris: France on Saturday accused Australia and...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Sparse Attendance At Rally In Support Of US Capitol Rioters

<!-- -->Demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington.Washington: A few hundred protesters turned up Saturday in Washington to rally in...

Congress Needs Permanent President: Shashi Tharoor

<!-- -->We all want Congress to have a permanent president, said Shashi Tharoor (File)Muvattupuzha (Kerala): Expressing the need to have a permanent president...

President Ram Nath Kovind Says COVID-19 Pandemic Hit Country’s Economy Hard

<!-- -->The government has taken fiscal measures for welfare of the poor: President Ram Nath Kovind (File)Shimla: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday...

Spanish Police Wrong-Footed As 25,000 Party At Madrid University

<!-- -->It was the biggest such gathering since the start of the pandemic, media said. (Representational)Madrid, Spain: Around 25,000 people joined a massive...

Recent Comments