Death penalty, severe punishment returns to Afghanistan


Afghanistan’s Taliban chief executive said the radical group that currently governs the country will execute executions and amputate limbs.

Busy The Taliban co-founder Mullah Nooruddin Turabi dismissed criticisms of the group’s previous Afghan rule, where public executions, whipping, stoning, and amputation were commonplace between 1996 and 2001. Losing his eyes and legs in the 1980s when he fought against Soviet invaders, Turavi is the head of the new Ministry for the Propagation and Discipline and is responsible for the enforcement of punishment.

“Everyone criticized us for the punishment at the stadium, but we haven’t said anything about their law and their punishment,” Turabi told The Associated Press in a report released Thursday. rice field. “No one tells us what our law should be. We follow Islam and enact the law on the Quran.”

During the Taliban’s reign more than 20 years ago, convicted murderers were executed with a single head, usually by the victim’s family, sometimes in stadiums and other public places. Convicted thieves faced amputations in their hands, and their feet and hands were amputated for those convicted of highway robbery.

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Taliban fighters are on alert while checking commuters at a road checkpoint in Kabul on September 4, 2021. (Aamir Qureshi / AFP via Getty Images)

A change from the previous Taliban rules, Turabi told the outlet that a female judge would be able to rule the case. But he said that the basis of South Asian county law was the Quran’s interpretation.

“Cut your hand is very necessary for safety,” he told AP, saying it had a deterrent effect. It is not clear if the punishment will take place in public, but the government is considering this topic and will “formulate a policy.”

Turabi defended the previous Taliban rules that allowed the containment of terrorist networks, including al-Qaeda, and told the AP: He pointed out the group’s official punishment method, saying it would deter crime.

However, human rights groups such as Amnesty International have already stated that they are “steadily dismantling” the human rights benefits that the Taliban have gained over the last two decades.

This includes “targeted killings of civilians and surrendered soldiers and blockade of humanitarian aid in the Panjshir Valley, which constitute a crime under international law.” Said Tuesday’s amnesty. “Women, freedom of expression and civil society were also restricted.”

The Taliban, described as a terrorist group by some US intelligence agencies, hijacked Afghanistan within days after a violent attack. Prior to the takeover, the U.S. military withdrew completely from the country, which quickly turned into a chaotic evacuation effort, with thousands of Afghan citizens and Americans flying away.

Some senators expressed concern that when Tullivan occupied the country, it could have seized billions of dollars worth of U.S. military hardware, including Blackhawk helicopters, weapons, and other technologies. ..

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.