MAH111-119_2014_181309_highAccording to reports, the probe team which was appointed by president Hamid Karzai to investigate the civilian casualties in a US airstrike in Parwan province of Afghanistan, has presented false evidences regarding the civilian deaths in the raid.

The probe delegation headed by Afghan parliament member Abdul Satar Khawasi, who had called on the residents of Ghorband district for Jihad against the US forces.

An examination of the dossier which contains images and videos, has revealed that the probe team falsely represented at least some of the evidence in the dossier, and distributed other material whose provenance, at best, could not be determined, the New York Times reported.

The examination of the documents has further revealed that much of the same material was posted on a Taliban website last week, a rare instance of the militant group’s political speech matching that of the government it is fighting to topple.

According to the New York Times, at least two of the images distributed in the dossier could not have shown casualties from airstrike, as one image was taken at the funeral of victims of a NATO airstrike in northern Afghanistan in 2009, and the second photo shows the bodies of two boys wrapped in burial shrouds, and has been used for years on websites assailing civilian deaths in American drone strikes in Pakistan.

The probe team had claimed at least 12 civilians including women and children were killed in the airstrike conducted by NATO forces in Siah Gerd district of Parwan province.

However, Parwan governor, Abdul Basir Salangi also denied the findings of the probe team and said the death toll was in the single digits and those claiming higher deaths tolls were “supporters of the Taliban.”

Mr. Salangi further added that no members of the commission seemed to have visited the area, and the interviews and photographs along with the video were prepared by driver of Khawasi and his bodyguard.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.