Afghan Television has just released pictures which it claims prove that life has returned to normal in the rebel stronghold of Panjsher Province.
Large gates opening and prisoner running out
Released prisoners attending rally ,and being addressed by speakers
Prisoners listening to speeches and applauding
Prisoners walking in street and carrying bags
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Background: PANJSHER, AFGHANISTAN
Afghan Television has just released pictures which it claims prove that life has returned to normal in the rebel stronghold of Panjsher Province. According to reports reaching Western Diplomats there has been heavy fighting in recent weeks between the guerillas and Soviet and Afghan government forces. Within the last two weeks the Soviet forces are reported to have suffered a large number of casualties, with at least five hundred dead and wounded. The Soviet forces began an offensive in the Panjsher on April 21 this year. Now the authorities in Kabul claim to have "liquidated" all their opponents in the province. The latest pictures from Afghan Television shows what are termed as "anti-government insurgents" being released from a prison in the provinces. They are said to have been jailed for criminal acts, and their release was ordered on humanitarian grounds. Later, the released prisoners attended a rally where they pledged to work for the benefit of the Afghan people. The speakers included two former rebel leaders, Mohammad Ayuf and Gula Mohammad who gave speeches in support of the Afghan Government.
Source: ATV 1" VIDEO TAPE