The top leader in Afghanistan ordered on Sunday that Islamic sharia law be fully enforced, including stoning, flogging and public executions, according to reports.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid broadcast a message from Supreme Leader Haibatullah Akhundzada on Twitter on Sunday ordering the “mandatory” order after meeting with a group of judges earlier that day, The Guardian reported.
Since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan in August 2021, Akhundzada has continued to rule from Kandahar, where the group emerged during the 1994 Afghan Civil War.
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“Carefully examine the files of thieves, kidnappers and seditious people,” Mujahid was quoted as saying by Akhundzada. Those files in which all the sharia [Islamic law] the conditions of hudud and qisas have been met, you are obliged to implement them. This is the sharia rule, and my mandate, which is mandatory.”
Under Islamic law, hudud crimes such as alcohol consumption, adultery, rebellion, and kidnapping require a high standard of proof to be punished, such as four Muslim men witnessing the adultery.
Qisas in Islam means to retaliate, or for example, taking the life of a murderer or hurting someone for revenge.
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Akhundzada’s order comes after a year in which the Taliban worked its way back to its old-school ways of flogging people and posting videos on social media or displaying the bodies of kidnappers that leaders say They died in shootings.
Women’s rights in the country have dissipated since the takeover, with many losing their government jobs, according to The Guardian, all requiring wearing a burqa or hijab outside the home.
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