No Taliban hand in civilian killings in Afghanistan

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Islamabad: (Raja Furqan Ahmed) The Afghan Taliban said in a statement that Taliban has absolutely 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.
According to the statement, released by the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, 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,” the statement adding that “all charges which they have levelled are unsubstantiated.”
According to the Taliban, the group “has absolutely 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 after the European Union (EU) and other diplomatic missions in Afghanistan including Australia, Canada, UK, US and NATO, issued a joint statement on Sunday called out the Taliban for the ongoing attacks. They accused the Taliban of being responsible for the majority of targeted violence in the country and said the group’s “attacks undermine state institutions and contribute to an insecure environment in which terrorist and criminal groups are able to freely operate.” The missions stated that the Taliban must “understand that their violent, destructive actions outrage the world and must cease if peace is to come to Afghanistan.”