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.
Fahim Dashti Spokesperson to NRF:
“For the last two days Taliban had several attacks from different points, fortunately faced deadly defeat, dozens have been killed, abt 40 captives, 4 Hamvee and many other artillery vehicles destroyed by NRF” pic.twitter.com/euFr5l4y6T
— Resistance 2.0 (@massoudiyaan) September 1, 2021
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.
Among those killed in Panjahir tonight:
Commander Gul Haider Khan pic.twitter.com/h9KA3jsURM
— Hashim Wahdatyar (@HashimWahdatyar) September 5, 2021