The latest: In a rather crooked way of displaying its power, the Taliban made a public spectacle of the brutality that citizens have to witness under its regime as on Wednesday, deputies of the Taliban’s Prime Minister; the Minister of Interior and Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, Education, Justice and a number of governors of various provinces along with the Chief of Staff Officials and Taliban spokesmen, gathered in Farah to witness the stoning of a woman offender and the execution of two men.
- In a statement, Taliban announced that they executed a man accused of murder in Farah province and senior officials of the group had been present to witness this gruesome event.
- They executed a person named Tajmir for killing an innocent citizen. According to the Taliban, Tajmir had killed a person, named Mustafa with a knife and the verdict of retribution was executed on him.
- The Taliban group claims that the three stages of the court had been followed for the implementation of this verdict and this verdict was implemented after the approval of Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban.
- It has also been stated in the Taliban statement that this verdict was executed in the center of Farah province and in the presence of senior leaders of this group.
- Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi, Deputies Prime Minister; Abdul Hakim Haqqani, Judge of the Judiciary; Amir Khan Muttaqi, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Sirajuddin Haqqani, Minister of Interior; Abdul Hakim Sharei, Minister of Justice; Habibullah Agha, Minister of Education; Khalid Hanafi, Minister of promotion of virtue and prevention of vice; Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Taliban and many other Taliban leaders and governors of this group, including the governors of Kandahar and Herat, were present at the scene during the execution.
- Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid published a statement and said that according to the Taliban’s “supreme court ruling”, a “qisas sentence” on an individual was carried out in Farah province.
- Taliban local authorities also asked residents in Farah to visit the province’s stadium to watch the stoning and execution on Wednesday.
- Sources stressed that dozens of people had gathered at the Farah Stadium to witness the stoning and execution of the two men and a woman.
- Following the move, Anamullah Samangani said that “the implementation of the qisas, which is the immutable principle of Islamic sharia, is a valuable step towards securing and social justice, bless all Muslims and human rights supporters.”
Why it matters? Previously, the Taliban in a number of provinces of Afghanistan flogged some citizens in public on various charges. Human rights organizations and officials of some countries have condemned this action of the Taliban. However, this is the first time that senior Taliban leaders have gone from Kabul to another province to watch the execution.
- Critics say Taliban trials are held without attorneys and prosecutors and giving the defendant the right to defend him.
Zoom out: A few weeks ago, Hibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban, ordered judges to have issue sentences of ‘hudud and qisas’ for specific offences that may include amputations and stoning in public.
- Hudud refers to offences which, under Islamic law, certain types of punishment are mandated, while qisas translates as “retaliation in kind” — effectively an eye for an eye. Hudud crimes include adultery — and falsely accusing someone of it — drinking alcohol, theft, kidnapping and highway robbery, apostasy, and rebellion.
- Qisas covers murder and deliberate injury, among other things, but also allows for the families of victims to accept compensation in lieu of punishment.
- Subsequently, several reports of the implementation of the flogging sentence It was published in various cities of Afghanistan, which drew criticism from human rights groups.
- The recent order reflects the hardline approach the Taliban and how justice is being trampled upon in the country under their regime. It also portrays the barbaric nature of punishments that the country is doomed to witness in the near future, including human rights abuses.