Kabul: In a groundbreaking development on Thursday, the Taliban and the Northern Alliance have agreed not to attack each other, according to reports. A peace agreement will be announced during a press conference by the Taliban and Northern Alliance leaders in the regard, the sources said.
The both sides have agreed to cease attacks against each other, sources said, adding that meetings between the two delegations of the Taliban and Northern Alliance were taking place over the last two days at Charikar in Afghanistan's Parwan province. Comprising anti-Taliban militia fighters and former Afghan security forces, they vowed to resist as the Taliban send fighters to surround the area.
Panjshir is a narrow valley deep in the Hindu Kush mountains, with its southern tip around 80 km north of the capital Kabul. The valley has limited entry points and its geography offers a natural military advantage, defending units can use high positions to effectively target attacking forces. It also has immense symbolic value in Afghanistan as the area that has resisted occupation by invaders for more than a century. Resistance from the valley, mainly inhabited by ethnic Tajik people, heavily shaped the political and security landscape of Afghanistan during the 1980s and 1990s.