Pakistan has denied allegations that it helped the Taliban take control of Panjshir province in Afghanistan. Pakistan has also said it is a propaganda ploy.
The Taliban said it had captured Panjshir province on Monday. It was the last Taliban-held province in Afghanistan. According to some reports, the Pakistani army has helped the Taliban gain control of Panjshir. Twenty-seven Pakistani helicopters and drones were involved in the attack. Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar said the allegations that Pakistan had helped the Taliban were “false and baseless”. Such allegations are being made to tarnish Pakistan’s image internationally. Pakistan has made efforts to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August. Twenty years later, the US military withdrew, defeating the Taliban. Panjshir is a mountainous region in Afghanistan with a population of 1.5 to 2 lakh. Panjshir had offered similar resistance when Russia invaded Afghanistan. Afghanistan was ruled by the Taliban from 1996 to 2001.