Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) — One of the founders of the Taliban, the supreme enforcer of the harsh interpretation of Islamic law when he last ruled Afghanistan, said the hard-line movement would again execute and amputate. , Probably not in public.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Mullah Noordin Turabi warned the world not to interfere with the new Afghan rulers, dismissing the occasional anger of the Taliban executions in front of the stadium crowd.
“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 Kabul. “No one tells us what our law should be. We follow Islam and enact the law on the Quran.”
Since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15 and seized control of the country, Afghanistan and the world have been watching to recreate the harsh rule of the late 1990s. Turabi’s comments show that group leaders continue to stick to a very conservative and tough worldview, even as they embrace technological changes such as video and mobile phones.
Now in his early 60s, Turabi was the Minister of Justice and the head of the so-called Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Discipline (in effect, the Religious Police) during the Taliban’s previous reign.
At that time, the world condemned the Taliban’s punishment on the grounds of Kabul’s sports stadium and the vast Eidgar Mosque, often attended by hundreds of Afghans.
The execution of the convicted murderer was usually a one-shot on the head by the family of the victim who had the option of accepting “blood money” and keeping the criminal alive. For the convicted thief, the punishment was amputation. Hands and feet were amputated for those convicted of highway robbery.
Lawsuits and convictions were rarely published, and the judiciary was weighted in favor of Islamic clergy whose knowledge of law was limited to religious injunctions.
Mr Turabi said judges, including women, will rule the case this time, but the basis of Afghan law will be the Koran. He said the same punishment would come back.
“Cut your hands is very necessary for safety,” he said, saying it had a deterrent effect. He said the cabinet was considering whether to punish in public and would “make a policy.”
Recently, Taliban fighters in Kabul have revived the punishments they commonly used in the past — the public shame of men accused of short-term theft.
At least twice last week, Kabul men were stuffed behind pickup trucks, tied up and paraded to humiliate. In some cases, their faces were drawn to identify them as thieves. The other is old bread hung from the neck or stuffed in the mouth. It was not immediately clear what their crime was.
Wearing a white turban and a bushy, empty white beard, the chunky Turabi dragged slightly onto his prosthesis. He lost his leg and one eye during a battle with the Soviet army in the 1980s.
Under the new Taliban government, he is in charge of prisons. He is one of the many Taliban leaders, including members of the interim cabinet of all men on the UN sanctions list.
During his previous Taliban rule, he was one of the group’s most ferocious and uncompromising executors. When Tullivan came to power in 1996, one of his first actions was to shout at a female journalist, demand that he leave the man’s room, and make a powerful slap in front of the man who opposed it. ..
Turabi was famous for ripping music tapes from cars and stringing hundreds of meters of destroyed cassettes to trees and signposts. He required men to wear turbans at all government agencies, and his minions routinely beat bearded men. Sports were banned and Turabi’s executives forced men into the mosque for prayer five times a day.
In an interview with AP this week, Turabi spoke to a female journalist.
“We have changed from the past,” he said.
He now said the Taliban would allow TV, cell phones, photos and videos. “This is the need of people, and we are serious about it.” He suggested that the Taliban saw the media as a way to spread their message. “We now know that we can reach millions instead of hundreds,” he said. He added that if the punishment was announced, people might be allowed to take videos and photos to spread the deterrent effect.
The United States and its allies are using the threat of isolation and the resulting economic damage to pressure the Taliban to ease their control and give power to other factions, minorities and women.
However, Turabi dismissed previous criticisms of the Taliban’s rule and claimed to have succeeded in bringing stability. “We have ensured complete security everywhere in the country,” he said of the late 1990s.
Some have resented that the capital was already safe just last month, even when Kabul residents have expressed fear of their new Taliban rulers. Prior to the Taliban’s takeover, a group of thieves roamed the streets, and relentless crimes kicked most people out of the streets after darkening.
“It’s not good to see these people being embarrassed in public, but when people see it, they think” I don’t want it to me, “so criminals I’ll stop, “Kabul said. He asked to be identified by a single name.
Another shopkeeper said it was a violation of human rights, but he was happy to be able to open the shop after dark.