KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban will keep on with their strict interpretation of Islamic regulation, or Sharia, a spokesman stated Thursday, underscoring the group’s intention to proceed hard-line insurance policies applied since they took over Afghanistan greater than a 12 months in the past.
Throughout their earlier years in energy within the late Nineties, the Taliban carried out public executions, floggings and stoning of these convicted of crimes in Taliban courts.
After they overran Afghanistan in August 2021 as American and NATO forces had been within the final weeks of their pullout from the nation after 20 years of struggle, the Taliban initially promised to be extra reasonable and permit for girls’s and minority rights.
As an alternative, they’ve cracked down heavier on rights and freedoms.
Ladies are banned from parks, funfairs, gyms and most types of employment. They’re ordered to cowl themselves from head to toe. Women are forbidden from going to high school past sixth grade. There are additionally clampdowns on music and the media.
In line with Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s supreme chief, Hibatullah Akhunzada, met with Taliban judges just a few days in the past and instructed them to implement Sharia regulation of their rulings.
Mujahid stated this instruction prompted perceptions that Islamic regulation had been deserted within the Islamic emirate, because the Taliban name their administration. However that isn’t the case, he added.
“It doesn’t imply that the Islamic emirate didn’t implement the boundaries of Allah Almighty because it got here to energy,” he stated. “Quite, the Islamic emirate is dedicated to implementing all Sharia legal guidelines from day one.”
Movies and images of Taliban fighters punishing folks for varied offenses have steadily appeared on social media within the final 15 months, though officers have by no means confirmed these incidents.
The previous insurgents have struggled of their transition from insurgency and warfare to governing amid an financial downturn and the worldwide group’s withholding of official recognition.
The United Nations has stated it’s more and more involved that restrictions on ladies’ training, in addition to different measures curbing fundamental freedoms, will deepen Afghanistan’s financial disaster and result in better insecurity, poverty and isolation.