New Delhi, August 19, 2021

Amrullah Saleh of the Panjshir Valley, who declared himself acting president after the flight of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, has declared war on Pakistan and the Taliban.

Saleh, who was Afghanistan’s vice president before the Taliban came to power, has chosen to stay in the Panjshir Valley rather than flee the country.

“Afghanistan is such a big country that it is not possible for Pakistan to swallow it. Also, it is not possible for Taliban to rule such a big country. I salute those who have raised the flag of Afghanistan and for this the country’s Pride,” Saleh said. Other countries should respect the law, not violence.

“I am inside the country and I appeal to all leaders to support me,” Saleh urged Afghan citizens to join the fight against the Taliban.