Anti-Taliban movements vow ‘continued resistance’

Leaders of the Resistance Front and Freedom Front emphasized the need for ongoing armed resistance against the Taliban during an online session held Saturday.

The virtual event marked the first anniversary of the deaths of elite forces from the Freedom Front, who were killed by the Taliban in Parwan province’s Salang area.

Yasin Zia, head of the Freedom Front, claimed that international support for the Taliban has not led to any significant changes in their behavior, and he accused them of ongoing terrorist activities. Zia criticized some former politicians for attempting to undermine the armed resistance.

“Wearing uniforms or acting like police does not make them legitimate, nor humane. Don’t act as though you conquered Afghanistan, especially when you admit to not controlling the airspace,” Zia said. He also questioned the Taliban’s financial transactions and their association with figures like Al-Zawahiri.

Ahmad Masoud, leader of the Resistance Front, said that efforts are being made to create divisions within the anti-Taliban movements. Despite these challenges, he vowed that the alliances would continue to promote active resistance within Afghanistan.

“The Taliban have shut all avenues for peace and dialogue. Their recent actions to dissolve political parties confirm their view of Afghanistan as merely their possession,” Masoud said. “Faced with such attitudes, our only option is resistance, a path our martyrs have illuminated with their sacrifices.”

Mohaiddin Mehdi, a member of the Association of Federalists of Afghanistan, described the Taliban regime as ethnically biased and destructive to the national identity of various Afghan groups. He advocated for a federal system that restores power to the people and ethnic groups of Afghanistan.

Additionally, representatives from women’s protest movements condemned the Taliban’s severe restrictions on women and girls, and reiterated their commitment to the struggle for freedom. Former military officials also highlighted the importance of unity among anti-Taliban forces and the resolution of political disputes to reclaim Afghanistan from Taliban control.

The Freedom Front and National Resistance are among the principal armed opposition groups challenging Taliban rule in various Afghan provinces. Other women’s protest movements and political factions continue to oppose Taliban governance actively.