Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: Response to the UNO Recent Report on Civilian Casualties
The following is an official statement from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban). Reprinted with permission. This is the English version of yesterday’s media release.
Response of the Islamic Emirate in Reaction to the UNO Recent Report on Civilian Casualties
Source: Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
December 23, 2010 05:15
The United Nations Organization has claimed in its recent report that, the graph of civilian casualties in Afghanistan has spiraled up by 20% in the first ten months of the current year in comparison to the same period last year. The report is one among a series of reports released in this regard.
The UN has not given information about the credibility of the original sources of the data but added that in the current year, 2412 civilians have been killed in battles in Afghanistan, 76% by Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate (as per their claim).
This partial and politically-motivated report of the United Nations has been published in a time that the UNO is yet to respond to the reservations and concerns raised by the Islamic Emirate regarding the UN reports on civilian casualties. Ironically, the UNO has been continuing to publish such reports for the past years, accusing Mujahideen of having committed civilian casualties. The Islamic Emirate believes, these repots are politically-motivated and tailored to meet the interests of America. So it has demanded an investigation to find out the veracity of the reports. Unfortunately, the UNO has constantly been publishing baseless reports and is not ready to take steps to substantiate their credibility and trustworthiness.
Once again, the so-called advocates of human rights have raised the issue of civilian casualties for achievement of political and propaganda points but are not ready to tackle the issue practically and conduct an investigation in this respect. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan believes, the recent report of the United Nation is based on figures, being their own guesswork, and, therefore, categorically refutes them.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is of the opinion that the release of the report is a propaganda stint aimed at concealing American brutalities. In the past nine years, the invaders have killed tens of thousands of civilians which tantamount to a genocide, which is still under way at the hands of the merciless Americans as per a well-laid out plan, particularly, it has been going on in far-fetched rural localities and villages in the past few years to terrorize people so that they will have to abstain from struggling against the foreign invasion and occupation of Afghanistan for the obtainment of their legitimate rights and independence. The operations by the enemy in Kandahar and the night raids strategy of the American general Petraeus is an example on hand. As a result, thousands of civilian Afghans have been martyred, wounded, made homeless and detained. A great number of common people have lost their lives, as a result of cruise missiles attacks, carpet bombing and armed encounters during the Kandahar operations by the enemy. Whole villages have been razed to the ground. Almost 50% of inhabitants of Dand, Panjwai, Zeray and Arghandab districts have been displaced from their homes and hearths and from their plantation fields. The Islamic Emirate is intending to release a video film in the near future about all these civilian casualties. This is an iceberg of the crimes which are being perpetrated by the American invaders in all parts of the country around the clock. Undoubtedly, the UNO authors of the civilian casualties report may not have bothered to have an inkling of what have actually happened.
We openly tell the UN, your report will be effective only in misleading those who are not interested in knowing the ground realities in Afghanistan. But the people Afghanistan have been witnessing the realities with their own eyes. They know pretty well the identity of those who are notoriously and historically known as murderers at world level; those who have built the walls of their empire on the skulls and blood of the masses; those who have pushed the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and all miserable and peace-loving people of the globe into the oven of war.
The Islamic Emirate believes, the release of these partial reports will only damage the credibility of the UNO. They have already harmed the World Body and it will further lose its veracity in the eyes of the people.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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