17 killed in Kabul shooting in celebration of Panshir’s downfall


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At least 17 people have died in the last hours in the celebrations for the alleged control of Panshir, the last province in dispute and that according to the Taliban would have already fallen into the hands of the Islamists.

However, the leaders of the National Resistance Front, loyal to the local leader Ahmad Massoud, deny the major. Panshir, who stood against the Soviet occupation for almost a decade and also against the first Taliban government from 1996 to 2001, is reluctant to give his arm to twist before the second Islamic ’emirate’ of the Taliban.

“News of Panshir’s fall is circulating in the Pakistani media. It’s a lie, ”said Ahmad Massoud.

Qatar, main negotiator

Thousands of people wanting to flee the Taliban Afghanistan, fearful for life under their rule, have been trapped after the end of evacuation operations.

Qatar has in the last week become the main negotiator with the Taliban, which has had a political office in the country for eight years. The Persian Gulf country has been in talks about a safe opening of the International Airport Hamid Karzai.

The Qatari ambassador to Afghanistan, Said Mubarak al Jayarin, announced this Saturday that the Qatari technical task force that has been working on the reopening of the Kabul airport has managed to partially reopen the airfield for the arrival of humanitarian aid flights, which have already started to arrive.

Likewise, he explained to the Qatari television channel Al Jazeera that these humanitarian flights are expected to continue in the coming days, while they continue to work to solve some technical problems that will allow “commercial international flights to be operating soon.”

On the other hand, the Qatari ambassador has announced that this Saturday the first domestic flights have departed since the Taliban came to power. Specifically, they have landed in the airports from Mazar in Sarif and Kandahar.

The work team has managed to repair the radar, the communications tower and the runway at Kabul airport and has also managed to guarantee security both inside and outside the facilities, Al Jayarin said. This morning the fifth Qatari plane with humanitarian aid arrived in Kabul, with 15 tons of aid.

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