Afghan Resistance Leader Rejects Taliban’s Safe Passage Offer

The leader of the National Resistance Front in Afghanistan (NRFA), Ahmad Massoud said he doesn’t need permission from the Taliban to enter his own country.

“We rejected the safe page offers of the Taliban,” Ali Maisam Nazary, head of foreign relations of the NRFA told India Today.

The Taliban are not owners of Afghanistan, he said, adding “No one has the right to allow or prevent us from entering our own country.”

“The Leader, Ahmad Massoud, can return back to Afghanistan once his trips ended,” Nazary said, without giving further details of when and to which countries Massoud is traveling.

Nazary claimed that they are controlling many parts of the Hindu Kush and Massoud can return anytime he wants.

On Tuesday, Ahmad Massoud, and former warlord Ismail Khan, met with the Taliban’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Iran’s capital Tehran.

This was the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in mid-August.  

Muttaqi after returning from Iran, told reporters at the Kabul International Airport that he assured Massoud that he and his followers can return to Afghanistan without any fear and no one would harm them. “Afghanistan belongs to everyone,” Muttaqi said.  

After the fall of Kabul, the Taliban fighters launched a full-scale war to retake Panjshir, the last remaining province. Many resistance leaders and forces were killed in the Taliban onslaught, but the top leadership has managed to survive and escape, including former vice president, Amrullah Saleh.

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