Taliban denies UN “allegations” about killing of former Afghan officials

The Taliban denied the validity of the United Nations’ claim that the movement’s fighters had killed more than 100 former Afghan officials since its return to power last August.

The spokesman for the Afghan interim government, Zabihullah Mujahid, said – in a tweet yesterday – that “the information of the Secretary-General of the United Nations about the killing of hundreds of members of the previous government after we took power is incorrect.”

He added that “after the general amnesty, no one is allowed to harm anyone.” He emphasized that if any of the alleged killings were motivated by personal revenge, the perpetrators would be investigated and punished.

In a separate statement, the interim Interior Ministry denied the UN report, and said that some incidents in which military officials in the previous administration were targeted on the basis of personal hostility were under investigation.

The ministry called on the United Nations not to rely on information from what it described as “biased circles” and to be aware of the facts.

In a report to the UN Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said there were what he described as “credible allegations” that the Taliban had killed more than 100 Afghan soldiers and officials since last August.

The report added that more than two-thirds of the victims were extrajudicially killed by the movement or its affiliated groups.

The Taliban entered the capital, Kabul, on August 15, without any resistance from the Afghan army, and the movement then announced a general amnesty for those associated with the former government and international forces.

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