Taliban Prisons Chief says thatExecutions and Amputations will Resume in Afghanistan
September 25, 2021
Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, the Taliban’s official in charge of prisons and former Afghan justice minister, has stated that punishments such as executions and amputations will resume in the country, though they may not be carried out in public as they were under the Taliban’s previous rule.Mullah Nooruddin told The Associated Press in Kabul that amputations werenecessary for security.
Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and punishments,” he said, dismissing outrage over Taliban executions in the past, which sometimes took place in front of crowds at a stadium. No one is going to tell us what laws we should have. We will adhere to Islam, and our laws will be based on the Quran.
Since taking power in Afghanistan on August 15, the Taliban have promised a more moderate form of rule than their predecessors, despite reports of human rights violations in the country.Human Rights Watch warned on that the Taliban in Herat werelooking for high-profile women, denying women freedom of movement outside their homes, and imposing mandatory dress codes.
Amnesty International reported in August that Taliban fighters were responsible for the massacre of nine members of the persecuted Hazara minority. The “cold-blooded brutality” of the killings, according to Amnesty International’s secretary general Agnès Callamard, was “a reminder of the Taliban’s past record, and a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring.
Haji Badruddin, a Taliban judge in Balkh, told the BBC’s Secunder Kermani that he supported the group’s harsh and literal interpretation of Islamic religious law just days before the Taliban took control of Kabul.
The Taliban had requested to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City earlier this week. Heiko Maas, Germany’s foreign minister, said that while communicating with the Taliban is important, “the UN General Assembly is not the appropriate venue for that.” In addition, the United States, which is a member of the credentialing committee, stated that no decision would be made before the end of the summit next week.In the meantime, Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob chastised some commanders and fighters, warning that abuses would not be tolerated.Mullah Yaqoob also suggested that patrols be limited to areas where they are assigned, and he chastised some fighters for taking selfies in government offices where they had no business.This is extremely objectionable because everyone is taking out their phones and taking pictures in important and sensitive ministries for no reason,” he said. “Sitting around and taking pictures and videos will not help you in this world or the next.