"I'm in Panjshir, and the conditions are difficult," Saleh said in the video, which TOLOnews posted Friday, adding, "We are under attack involving al-Qaeda."
Preventing aid from reaching Panjshir
Earlier in the day, the former Afghan vice president confirmed that the Taliban were preventing humanitarian aid and medicine from reaching Panjshir. He tweeted that the movement was conducting ethnic checks on the identities of travelers to and from Panjshir, pushing men into minefields and cutting off communications and electricity.
Saleh's remarks come at a time when three Taliban sources claimed that the group currently controls all parts of Afghanistan, including the Panjshir Valley province, Reuters reports.
Allegations and denials
Fighting in Panjshir is taking place between the resistance front headed by Afghan leader Ahmed Massoud, the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, and the Taliban.
Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi told Russia's Novosti news agency earlier Friday that the group now controls about 20 percent of Panjshir's territory and hopes to take it completely soon.
However, the Resistance Front denied that the Taliban had taken control of several areas. "There is heavy fighting," said Ali Maysam Nazri, a spokesman for the FRONT. Ahmed Massoud is busy defending the valley." He also spoke of significant losses among the Taliban.
The, which had previously expressed hope for dialogue with the Taliban, had pledged at the same time to defend the valley, which is surrounded by hundreds of M23 fighters. Indeed, behind-the-scenes negotiations have taken place over the past few days, but they have failed.
Later, Ahmed Massoud said the Taliban "have offered to allocate two seats to the National Resistance Front in the government they want to form while demanding a better future for Afghanistan." "We didn't even think about showing it," he said, estimating that the Taliban "chose to follow the path of war."
Panjshir is the birthplace of Ahmad Shah Massoud, one of the most important leaders of the resistance against the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989, who was assassinated by al-Qaeda on September 9, 2001.