Executions by the Taliban will return to Afghanistan: says senior Talban official
Severe Forms of Punishments, Such as Executions and Amputations, Are Necessary Requirements
The notorious former head of religion police of the Taliban forces, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, has said that extreme measures of punishments such as amputations and executions by the Taliban will begin to resume across Afghanistan.
Mullah Nooruddin Turab Executions by The Taliban Will Return to Afghanistan: Says Senior Taliban Official, who has now become the head of prisons, said that the amputations of prisoners are a necessary precaution for security purposes. However, these harsh kinds of punishment would not be conducted out in public, as they used to happen under the previous rule of the Taliban back in the 1990s.
He has further dismissed the outrage regarding the previously conducted public executions by the Taliban and said that no one should be telling us what their laws should be.
Since gaining control over Afghanistan from August 15, the Taliban has promised to make a less harsh form of ruling over the country than their past tenure. Since the mid of August, several reports have been filed regarding human rights abuses that have been carried out by the Taliban forces throughout the country. It is expected that executions by the Taliban would soon be starting in the region.
On Thursday, a warning has been issued by the Human Rights Watch to the Taliban present in the city of Herat, as they had been searching for some high-profile women, along with denying the women in the area of freedom to move outside of their homes and imposing a strict dress code to follow. Concerns are also being raised regarding executions by the Taliban that have started to occur in the country.
And in the month of August, it has been stated by Amnesty International that the fighters for the Taliban had been behind the massacre of the nine individuals that were members of the Hazara minority that had been persecuted.
The Secretary-General of Amnesty International Agnes Callamard said that at the time that the cold-blooded violence of the executions by the Taliban used to provide a reminder of the previous record of them, along with being a disturbing pointer of what another time of rule by the Taliban would bring about in the country.
New executions policy
Several days before the Taliban had been able to gain full control over Kabul, and with it, Afghanistan, a Taliban judge present in Balkh, named Haji Badruddin said that he is in complete support of the Taliban’s severe and literal elucidation of the religious laws given by Islam, which justifies the amputations and executions by the Taliban during their rule.
He said that in the Islamic Sharia, it has been clear that any male or female who is unmarried and has sex should be punished by 100 lashes on the back in public. At the same time, those who are married and have extramarital affairs have to be stoned to death. Those people who steal and after the crime has been confirmed, the hands of the thief are to be cut off. These extreme measures are executed in public to provide a lesson for the onlookers to not follow through on the same path, or they would face dire consequences for their actions.
These views of hardline laws are in the same tune as with some of the Afghanis that are ultra-conservative. However, the Taliban is working towards balancing this desire to appeal to their old-fashioned base with a need for making connections with the rest of the international community, and since the Taliban have been able to gain power, they have tried to present themselves with a more restrained picture.
Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, who is known to be notorious for his extremely harsh means of punishment for individuals that have been caught by the group listening to non-religious music or they had trimmed their beards back in the 1990s, said that the harsh kind of punishments that are used by the Taliban would begin to continue again, such as public executions by the Taliban, but they would be allowing the use of television, photos, videos, and smartphones.
Mullah Turabi, who is on the United Nations sanctions list for his past severe set of actions, said that the cabinet minister of the Taliban is currently discussing the matter of conduction of public executions by the Taliban and are likely to develop a new policy.