The leader of the resistance movement in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley on Monday called for a “national uprising” against the Taliban.

In an audio message, National Resistance Front commander Ahmad Massoud said: “Wherever you are, inside or outside, I call on you to begin a national uprising for the dignity, freedom and prosperity of our country.”

Earlier, the Taliban claimed to have taken control of the capital of Panjshir, a steep valley where thousands of former Afghan army soldiers, resistance fighters and anti-Taliban figures gathered after the country fell to the insurgent force last month.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet that the group had taken the capital of the area and was now in control of the valley. He assured people that the leadership that will be put in control will be from the area.

He also said the Taliban would soon be announcing a government, although it would was likely to be an interim administration.

“Panjshir province completely fell to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” he said.

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