Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh came heavily on Pakistan, criticizing its role in supporting the Taliban in the Panjshir province, the last area the militant group claims to have taken seizure.
Iran slammed Pakistan for interfering in Afghanistan’s internal activities and questioned the presence of Pakistani militantly in the province. “Last night’s attacks are condemned in the strongest terms…and the foreign interference that you referred to must be investigated,” Khatibzadeh said.
Without naming Pakistan, Khatibzadeh said Iran condemned “any foreign interference in Afghan affairs,” called for intra-Afghan talks, and urged the Taliban to abide by their obligations under international law. He expressed concern about “starving the people of Panjshir, shutting their electricity and water and besieging them.”
Iran has not recognized the Taliban government as it continues to monitor developments.
The Taliban has claimed complete control over Panjshir province, the last area where resistance force is led by Ahmad Massoud, and former vice president in Amrullah Saleh’s government. However, the residence force squashed the Taliban’s claim and resorted to fighting against the militant groups.