Islamabad — Taliban officials Wednesday executed an Afghan man convicted of killing another man.A spokesperson said last year. The announcement emphasized Afghanistan’s new ruler’s intention to continue the hard-line policies that have been in place since he took over the country in August 2021, sticking to a strict interpretation of Islamic law or Sharia.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s top spokesman, said the execution took place in western Farah province, in front of hundreds of onlookers and many Taliban officials, including those in the capital and province of Kabul.
Mujahid said the decision to punish was “very carefully taken” and was made with the approval of three Supreme Courts and the Taliban’s Supreme Leader Mullah Haibatura Akunzada.
The executed man, identified as Tajmir from Herat province, was convicted of murdering another man five years ago and stealing a motorbike and mobile phone. The victim was identified as Mustafa from the neighboring Farah state. Many Afghan men only use one name.
Mujahid said Tajmir was executed by the victim’s father and shot three times with a rifle. According to CBS News’ Ahmad Mukhtar, Mujahid posted an audio message on social media purported to be from the victim’s mother, in which the woman expressed her satisfaction that justice had been done and her future. can be heard expressing hope that the murder of
Taliban security forces arrested Tajmir after the victim’s family accused him of the crime, a spokesman Mujahid said in a statement. , Tajmir allegedly confessed to the killing.
Wahid Shah, a local shopkeeper who witnessed Wednesday’s execution, said in a telephone interview with CBS News’ Sami Yousafzai that he was “horrified” and “immediately left and couldn’t bear to watch any more.”
“We are not against Islamic justice,” said Shah, but accused the Taliban of doing so.of “innocent Afghans” outside the country’s Islamic judicial process.
Another Afghan who was there on Wednesday, a man who asked to identify himself as Haji Ahmad, said as a Muslim he “believed in such persecution and punishment”, but “before the execution” a full It added that a judicial process was needed.
“The Taliban are killers and killers cannot enforce Sharia law,” he said.
But a third witness told CBS News that justice, like that done by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Wednesday, “will stop bloodshed and lawlessness in a society rife with weapons.”
“Killing is common in this country, Afghanistan,” said Abdullah Khan. “Such a severe punishment would stop people from killing people. I am happy. Such people should be publicly executed.”
During the Taliban’s rule of the country in the late 1990s, the group routinely carried out public executions, floggings and stonings of those convicted by Taliban courts.
After taking control of Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban initially promised to recognize the rights of women and minorities in the final weeks of U.S. and NATO forces pulling out of Afghanistan after two decades of war.
instead they haveThis includes banning girls’ education after grade 6.they also have Various states have punished several men and women accused of theft, adultery, or running away from home.
The former armed forces have struggled to transition from war to rule amid a sluggish economy and withholding official recognition from the international community.