Ahmad Masood says he is ready to negotiate with the Taliban

Earlier the Taliban announced a breakthrough into the capital of Panjsher, where opposition forces are concentrated

The leader of an Afghan opposition organization opposing Taliban forces in the Panjsher Gorge said Sunday that he welcomed proposals from Islamic theologians to resolve the conflict and end hostilities through negotiations.

Ahmad Masood, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRLF), announced this on the organization’s Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban forces said they had broken through to the capital of Panjsher after taking control of neighboring areas.

“The NFSA agrees in principle to resolve the current problems, put an immediate end to the fighting and continue negotiations,” Masood wrote on Facebook.

“In order to achieve a lasting peace, the NFSA is ready to end hostilities provided the Taliban also stops its attacks and military activities in Panjsher and Andarab,” he said, referring to an area in neighboring Baghlan province.