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More than 20 countries have expressed deep concern over the extra-judicial killings of former Afghan military personnel and their disappearance by the Taliban.

The countries in a joint statement said that the summary killings of the former men in uniform are clear abuses of human rights and in contradiction with the general amnesty announced by the Taliban, according to Khaama press news agency.

The countries include the United States of America, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

The world is expressing worry after Human Rights Watchdog released a report alleging the Taliban fighters of retaliatory killings and disappearance of military personnel of the previous Afghan government.

The joint statement called on the Taliban to fully enforce their general amnesty equally on common Afghan and former Afghan security forces and government officials.

“Reported cases must be investigated promptly and in a transparent manner, those responsible must be held accountable, and these steps must be clearly publicized as an immediate deterrent to further killings and disappearances,” reads the statement.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has not commented on the allegations yet.

Meantime, a spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Ahmadullah Wasiq stated the level of civilian casualties has dropped to zero showing the lowest level ever in the past 40 years.

Pajhwak News Agency-Afghan news agency- has reported five killings in the past week.

Wasiq in a Twitter post said the survival of the Islamic system – Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – is the guarantor of securing the lives and properties of the Afghan people.

He added that the support of the system is the obligation of every Afghan.

The claim comes as Daesh is still inflicting casualties to both the Taliban fighters and civilian people across the country.

On the other hand, the Human Rights Watchdog report over retaliatory killings of former Afghan security forces by the Taliban also questions the claim.

The Taliban have not reacted to the allegations of the HRW yet.

It is worth mentioning that the war of the past two decades would kill and wound up to 300 people every single day that including civilians, the Taliban fighters, and former Afghan security forces.

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