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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Top Taliban officials: Death penalty, harsh punishment will return to Afghanistan

A top Taliban official in Afghanistan says the extremist group now ruling the country will be executed and have its limbs amputated.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Taliban co-founder Mullah Nuruddin Turabi dismissed criticism of the group’s previous rule in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, where public executions, floggings, stonings, and beheadings were common. Turabi, who lost an eye and a leg against the Soviet invaders in the 1980s, is head of the new Ministry of Virtue Promotion and Vice Resistance and is in charge of enforcement.

“Everyone in the stadium criticized us for the punishment, but we never said anything about their law and their punishment,” Turabi told the Associated Press in a report released Thursday. “No one will tell us what our law should be. We will abide by Islam and make our laws based on the Quran.

During the Taliban regime more than 20 years ago, convicted murderers were shot in the head and usually by the victim’s family – sometimes in stadiums and other public squares. Convicted thieves have to face amputation of their hands and a leg and arm are amputated for those convicted of highway robbery.

Taliban fighters stand guard while checking passengers at a street checkpoint in Kabul on September 4, 2021.

In a change to the previous Taliban regime, Turabi told the outlet that female judges would now be able to try cases. But the interpretation of the Qur’an will be the basis of South Asian county law.

He said amputation of hands is very necessary for safety. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

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Defending the former Taliban regime, which allowed terrorist networks, including al-Qaeda, to take refuge, Turabi told the AP: “We had complete security in every part of the country.” He pointed to the group’s methods of punishing the public, saying they prevent crime.

But human rights groups such as Amnesty International have already said the Taliban have “continued to undermine” human rights gains over the past 20 years.

These include “targeted killings of civilians and surrendering soldiers and cutting off humanitarian supplies in the Panjshir Valley, which is a crime under international law.” “Women, freedom of expression and civil society have also been restricted.”

The Taliban, described by some US intelligence agencies as a terrorist group, took over Afghanistan shortly after an attack. Before the U.S. military withdraws completely from the country, which takes the form of a hasty and chaotic effort to evacuate thousands of Afghan civilians and Americans fleeing the country by plane.

Some senators have expressed concern that the Taliban were able to seize billions of dollars worth of U.S. military hardware, including helicopters, weapons and other technology, as soon as the Taliban took over the country.

Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips

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

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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