Referring to the Islamic Emirate’s decision to investigate the reports of extra judicial killings in Panjshir, the UN special rapporteur for Afghan Human Rights, Richard Bennett said that “investigations an any prosecutions must be conducted genuinely and according to international standards.”
“Noting dfA MoD has opened an investigation into reports of extra-judicial killings in Panjshir, I remind Taliban that they bear responsibility for the actions of their forces,” Bennett said on Twitter.
The local officials in Panshir said that a serious investigation is underway.
“The Ministry of Defense and the provincial governor’s office started a serious investigation into this to find out the time of the videos because the fighting happened in several areas. Sometimes the videos are misused,” said Nasrullah Malikzada, head of the Panjshir department of culture.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement it would investigate footage on social media about the killing of detainees.
The ministry said the perpetrators will be brought to justice if it is proven that the footage is new and that the incident happened in Panjshir.
“Based on our initial investigation, these videos of killing by Taliban are new and are in Panjshir province,” said Zaman Sultani, South Asia Researcher at Amnesty International.
Some military veterans believe that the war parties should consider the law of war during the clashes.
“The demand of the people of Afghanistan to the two involved parties is based on Islamic and international laws of war -- they should stop mistreatment of detainees,” said Asadullah Nadeem, a military veteran.
“Both from the side of Sharia and international convention, shooting and torturing detainees is a crime,” said Mohammad Mateen Mohammad Khail, a military analyst.
There have been several reports published about the clashes between the Islamic Emirate forces and Resistant Front fighters—with both sides claiming to be inflicting casualties on each other.