Afghan hold-out Panjshir province can resist Taliban rule - ambassador

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Afghan hold-out Panjshir province can resist Taliban rule - ambassador
Afghan First Vice President Saleh said he was the "legitimate caretaker president" of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as Taliban insurgents took Kabul.
By REUTERS
AUGUST 18, 2021

The Afghan ambassador to Tajikistan on Wednesday rejected Taliban rule of his country and said Panjshir province, north of Kabul, would serve as a stronghold for resistance led by self-proclaimed acting president Amrullah Saleh. Afghan First Vice President Saleh said on Tuesday he was the "legitimate caretaker president" of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as Taliban insurgents took the capital Kabul. Saleh's whereabouts were unknown.

Ambassador Zahir Aghbar, a lieutenant general who held senior positions in Afghan state security including chief of police before becoming ambassador, blamed the defeat on Ghani and replaced his portrait in the embassy with one of Saleh. "I cannot say that the Taliban have won the war. No, it was just Dr. Ashraf Ghani who gave up power after treacherous talks with the Taliban," he told Reuters in an interview. "And only Panjshir resists, led by Vice President Amrullah Saleh," he said. "Panjshir stands strong against anyone who wants to enslave people."

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