At least 17 people were killed in Taliban firing in Kabul on Friday night.
At least 14 people were injured in the firing in the eastern province of Nangarhar, said Gulzada Singer, a spokesman for an area hospital in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid reprimanded them for firing.
“Avoid shooting in the air and thank God instead,” Mujahid said in a Twitter message. “The weapons and ammunition you have been given are public property. No one has the right to dispose of them. Bullets can harm civilians as well. Don’t shoot in vain.”
On Twitter, Taliban supporters said the shootings erupted overnight. Panjshir Valley, Where anti-Taliban resistance fighters reside, fell. However, the Taliban made no official claim on Saturday, and a resident told AFP by phone that the reports were incorrect.
Amid reports of heavy fighting in Panjshir, PakistanThe powerful intelligence chief made a surprise visit to Kabul on Saturday.
According to Pakistani media reports, Hameed arrived in Kabul on Saturday morning led by a delegation of “senior Pakistani officials” to discuss security, economic and trade issues.
ISI chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid arrived in Kabul this morning with a delegation of senior Pakistani officials. General Faiz is the highest-ranking foreign official to arrive in Kabul at the invitation of the Taliban Shura. Pak-Taliban Security discusses the immediate future of economic and trade relations pic.twitter.com/Ku2Jcyl3RK.
– کامران خان (ajAajKamranKhan) September 4, 2021.
After the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban leadership was based in neighboring Pakistan and was often said to be in direct contact with the country’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
Pakistan routinely refuses to provide military assistance to the Taliban, and the Taliban say it is an independent Afghan nationalist group.
Pakistani ISI chief Faiz Hameed has just arrived at the Serena Hotel in Kabul. Told me he was here to meet the Pakistani ambassador – I wouldn’t say he was meeting with the Taliban leadership (but he certainly is!) pic.twitter.com/afhfpNqzw8.
– Lindsay Hilsum (indlindseyhilsum) September 4, 2021.
In Panjshir, the former vice president of Afghanistan. Amrullah SalehStanding with Ahmed Masood, the son of anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Masood, he acknowledged that the National Resistance Front (NRF) was in a dangerous position.
“The situation is difficult, we are under attack,” Saleh said in a video message.
Saleh, A former Afghan spy chief who has survived several Taliban attempts on his life.He was filmed wearing a traditional shalwar kameez and Panjshiris’ favorite flat woolen cap.
“Resistance continues and will continue,” he added.
Talk of relief.
Away from the valley, the international community wants to engage in diplomacy with the new Taliban government.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken is in Qatar on Sunday, a key player in the Afghan story and the Taliban’s political office, although he is not expected to meet with the militants.
He will then travel to Germany with German Foreign Minister Heiko Moss to chair a 20-nation ministerial meeting on Afghanistan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is also set to convene a high-level meeting on Afghanistan in Geneva on September 13 to focus on humanitarian aid for the country.
The United Nations has already resumed humanitarian flights to parts of Afghanistan, while the country’s flagship Ariana Afghan Airlines resumed domestic flights on Friday, and the United Arab Emirates announced a “emergency medical and food aid” package. The plane took off.
Western Union and MoneyGram, meanwhile, said they were resuming cash transfers, on which many Afghans rely on relatives abroad to survive.
China has already confirmed that it will keep its embassy in Kabul open.
(France24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)