Taliban in a released statement on Monday said, that the claims of Taliban killing civilians, targeted assassinations, and destruction of public infrastructures by the foreign community is baseless.
ATN news reported, that the Taliban stated “Representatives of a number of European and other countries have baselessly asserted through a statement that the Islamic Emirate is continuing a senseless war, is killing civilians, is destroying public infrastructure and is involved in assassinations”.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects all such allegations,” adding that “all charges which they have leveled are unsubstantiated,” the statement read.
Taliban stressed they absolutely have “no hand in civilian killings and neither is it involved in the destruction of public infrastructure, rather it considers safeguarding and securing public infrastructure its own responsibility.”
This comes as EU Delegation and international diplomatic missions in Afghanistan in a joint statement condemned the targeted killings and kidnappings in the country on Sunday.
The EU Delegation and the diplomatic missions of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States said that the continuation of assassinations, kidnappings, and destruction of vital infrastructure – all which directly harm the Afghan people.
“The international community has invested heavily in energy, food security, water resources, and road infrastructure for the benefit of the Afghan people,” adding that, “We condemn the on-going destruction of vital infrastructure, including digging up roads, destroying cell towers, and blowing up energy stations by the Taliban”.
“These actions serve no purpose besides hurting the Afghan people who – largely due to decades of conflict -suffer from food insecurity and significant economic and development challenges, further exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic,” the statement added.
“We are standing side by side with those who are committed to bringing about an end to the conflict through an inclusive political settlement that ensures this country remains sovereign, united and democratic, at peace with itself and its neighbors, and preserving the human rights, development and economic achievements made over the past 19 years,” the statement read.
“We continue to be steadfast in our resolve to assist the people of Afghanistan in achieving peace, justice, and development. We expect the Taliban to demonstrate its support for the people of Afghanistan by ending the violence, stopping the destruction of vital infrastructure, and committing to a sustainable peace, for the benefit of all Afghans,” the statement concluded.