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What You Don’t Know About Anti-Taliban Activist: Fahim Dashti

Fahim Dashti
Fahim Dashti

In a major setback to the anti-Taliban resistance force of Panjshir, Fahim Dashti — the spokesperson of the anti-Taliban resistance movement, was killed in the Panjshir province on Sunday.

It is believed that he died amid clashes between the Taliban and the National Resistance Front (NRF) of Afghanistan.

The NRF said a drone attack by the Pakistan Air Force was the reason for Dashti’s death.

Who was Fahim Dashti?

Fahim Dashti has been named as the veteran leader of the Afghanistan National Journalist Union who was executed in Panjshir province on September 5 during a clash between the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) and the Taliban. He was leading the resistance movement against the Taliban from the Panjshir Valley

He was also a well-known journalist.

He was also a member of the Federation of Afghan Journalists, according to media reports.

How old was Fahim Dashti?

Fahim Dashti was 48 years old at the time of death.

Fahim Dashti Wikipedia

Dashti was a main member of the Jamiat party, the oldest Muslim political party in Afghanistan.

Dashti had survived the suicide attack that killed Massoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, on September 9, 2001. The Panjshir fighting has been the most prominent example of resistance to the Taliban.

He was also the nephew of Abdullah Abdullah, a senior official of the former government.

While speaking to India Today last month Dashti had said, “We are fighting for the whole of Afghanistan and not just for one province. We are concerned about the rights of Afghans, women, of minorities.”

“The Taliban has to assure equality and rights”.

Fahim Dashti Panjshir, Afghanistan

Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan claimed that the Shutul district of the Panjshir Valley was taken over by them. However, Dashti had denied the capture of Shutul district through a voice note

He had also mentioned that they had pushed back the Taliban fighters from there.

After the battle on the Panjshir Valley escalated, the leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir valley said on Sunday that he welcomed proposals from religious scholars to end the fighting.

Fahim Dashti Death

Fahim Dashtiwas killed in Panjshir province on September 5.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) send deepest condolences at the loss of a respected fighter for media freedom in Afghanistan.

The former chief executive of ANJU had recently taken up the role as the chief spokesperson for NRFA and had joined forces in the north-eastern Panjshir province. He was killed in the Dashtak area of ​​Annaba district along with NRFA’s General Abdul Wood Zara, the nephew of Panjshir resistance leader Ahmad Massoud.

Just a few days earlier Dashti told Afghanistan’s NDTV:

“If we die, history will write about us, as people who stood for their country till the end of the line”.

What We Know So Far

It is reported that he had refused the offer of joining the government with the Taliban.

Dashti was known to be popular among the media and advocated for a free press.

Fahim Dashti Twitter

Dashti founded a newspaper in Kabul after the US-led invasion in 2001.

He had provided regular updates on Twitter on the conflict in Afghanistan right up to his death.

He had been leading ANJU’s successful bid to join the IFJ as an affiliate member in 2021. ANJU said Dashti worked with the union for eight years as its executive director and general director

As per reports, he had done significant work for the family of the Afghan press.

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