The Taliban on Monday captured the last pocket of resistance in Afghanistan, the Panjshir Valley, as the top US diplomat flew to Qatar to try and handle the aftermath of the chaotic American withdrawal. This is after the Taliban with support from Pakistani forces, initiated an attack on the Panjshir area of Afghanistan in which Fahim Dashty, spokesperson, National Resistance Front (NRF) breathed his last.
Also the top commander of the front, General Sahib Abdul Wadood, was killed in the attack, this incident is seen as a major blow to the NRF chief Ahmed Masood as both of them were close and trusted to him. While Talibans on September 6 raised white flags in the power of last resistance- the Panjshir valley, the internet is making round of talks that Fahim’s location may have been leaked due to a mistake of BBC.
As per reports, Fahim was giving an interview to the BBC when the screen suddenly stopped showing the video on Fahim and flashed a satellite number which is believed to be of Fahim’s. It it probably this interview that leaked the satellite number of Fahim, which could have been traced by the Taliban, resulting in the drone attack on Panjshir.
The Institute for World Affairs and Security, in its tweet mentioned that Fahim Dashty was interviewed by BBC. "Network issue led to loss of connection, Fahim’s satellite phone number appeared on screen. Did the drone that killed him trace him using this no.? Is BBC responsible? Fahim-Afghan journalist fighting for his home against Taliban in Panjshir", it pondered.
It is being alleged that the number was used to trace Fahim leading to the deadly attack. People are blaming BBC for the mistake and Fahim’s death. Notably, Fahim had said during the interview that NRF had no intentions to form a government with the Taliban. He made it clear that NRF fighters would lay down their lives for the future of Afghanistan.
The Panjshir Valley was considered one of Afghanistan's safest regions during the era of the ISAF-backed government and in late August 2021 became the main bastion of resistance to the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban announced that hundreds of fighters were headed towards the valley on 22 August 2021. Today, Panjshir is facing a tense situation due to the ongoing war between the Taliban and NRF. While the Taliban has claimed that Panjshir has fallen, NRF denied the claims and said its fighters are stationed at every strategic place in the region.