The Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Massoud has signed a contract with a Washington lobbyist in a bid to secure military and financial support of United States in the fight against Taliban.
Massoud reportedly signed the contract with Robert Stryk this week, according to a report by New York Times.
Stryk built a lobbying practice during the Trump administration working with clients that others on K Street were wary of representing.
The report by NYT further adds that the contract was filed with the Justice Department on Wednesday evening, indicating that the work will be pro bono.
The primary motivation of the lobbying would be to stop any move by United States and other government to grant legitimacy to Taliban besides seeking material support from the U.S. in the form of the delivery of offensive weapons.
This comes as Massoud called on the Afghans to launch a national uprising amid fierce fighting ongoing in northern Panjshir province earlier this month.
“Wherever you are, whether inside the country or outside, we appeal to you to rise up in resistance for the dignity, integrity, and freedom of our country! Whatever means at your disposal, rise up against a crippling humiliation brought on us today by foreigners!” Massoud said in a voice message posted online..
He also added “We, the NRF, will stand firmly with you, our compatriots, whether it is those who took up arms and are in every valley of the Hindu Kush, in Panjshir and Andarab, and continue to fight. And whether it is our brave sisters in Herat and Kabul who rose their voice in defense of justice. And whether it is our compatriots outside the country who, through protests, gave our struggle a voice.”
Massoud made the call after the resistance forces were hardly suppressed in northern Panjshir province amid reports that the Taliban-led offensive to capture the province was support by unidentified planes.
Thousands of Afghans took to the streets in capital Kabul and other key cities, accusing the Pakistani military for providing air support to the Taliban during their offensive in Panjshir.
Reports regarding the airstrikes by unidentified planes emerged shortly after Pakistan’s spy chief Gen. Faiz Hameed arrived in Kabul.
However, other reports indicated that the top Pakistani general visited the country to help resolve the differences among the top Taliban leaders over the formation of the new government.