Taliban said on Wednesday ” We have taken control of one of the main border crossings with Pakistan” Which is the most strategic objective they have conquered.
Also, a Pakistani official said fighters had taken down the Afghan government flag from the top of the Friendship Gate at the border crossing between the Pakistani town of Chaman and the Afghan town of Wesh.
After which Pakistan sealed parts of its border with Afghanistan, due to the heavy shooting around Wesh. The fight between Taliban and Afghan forces around.
The officials of Afghan reported that the government forces had driven the Taliban fighters and they are now in control of the Spin Boldak border – district in Kandahar province. However, the Afghan civilians along with Pakistani officials claimed that the Taliban still controlled the Wesh border posts.
A Pakistani security official said ”Wesh, which has great importance in Afghan trade with Pakistan and other countries, has been captured by the Taliban,”
Chaman Officials also said the Taliban had suspended all travel through the gate.
”The mujahideen have captured an important border town called Wesh,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.
The Taliban strategy could simply be to stop foreign troops and to defeat the U.S base in Kabul. This seemed to become real as the Taliban have reported having captured major crossings in Afghan.
Shafiqullah Attai, chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment in the capital, Kabul said ”Control of border posts allows the Taliban to collect revenue”
”Income has started to go to the Taliban,” Attai told Reuters, though there is no report to how much.
President Ashraf Ghani also travelled to the northern province of Balkh on Tuesday after the Taliban drove government securities away from many crossing and posts.
Ghani, 72, met civilians and assured them that ”the Taliban’s backbone will be broken” and government forces would soon retake all of the areas lost to the militants, the Tolo News network report.
Even worse, as tweeted by Vice President Amrullah Saleh that the Taliban were forcing members of a small ethnic minority to either convert to Islam or leave their homes in the northern province of Badakhshan.
”These are minority Kirghiz who lived there for centuries … They are now in Tajikistan awaiting their fate,” Amrullah said.
The U.N. mission in Afghanistan said it was increasingly concerned about reports of rights abuses as the fighting spread.
”The reports of killing, ill-treatment, persecution and discrimination are widespread and disturbing, creating fear and insecurity,” the mission said in a statement.
Afghan women and girls who were barred from school and most works have expressed alarm at their rapid advance of the Taliban forces.