ISLAMABAD — The Taliban authorities on Wednesday executed an Afghan convicted of killing one other man, the primary public execution because the former insurgents took over Afghanistan final 12 months, a spokesman stated.
The announcement underscored the intentions by Afghanistan’s new rulers to proceed hard-line insurance policies applied since they took over the nation in August 2021 and to stay to their interpretation of Islamic regulation, or Sharia.
The execution, carried out with an assault rifle by the sufferer’s father, befell in western Farah province earlier than a whole lot of spectators and plenty of high Taliban officers, in keeping with Zabihullah Mujahid, the highest Taliban authorities spokesman. Some officers got here from the capital, Kabul.
The choice to hold out the punishment was “made very fastidiously,” Mujahid stated, following approval by three of the nation’s highest courts and the Taliban supreme chief, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.
The executed man, recognized as Tajmir from Herat province, was convicted of killing one other man 5 years in the past and stealing his bike and cell phone. The sufferer was recognized as Mustafa from neighboring Farah province. Many Afghan males use just one title.
Taliban safety forces had arrested Tajmir after the sufferer’s household accused him of the crime, stated a press release from Mujahid, the spokesman. The assertion didn’t say when the arrest befell however stated Tajmir had purportedly confessed to the killing. Mujahid added that Tajmir was shot 3 times by the sufferer’s father Wednesday with an assault rifle.
Through the earlier Taliban rule of the nation within the late Nineteen Nineties, the group carried out public executions, floggings and stoning of these convicted of crimes in Taliban courts.
After they overran Afghanistan in 2021, within the closing weeks of the U.S. and NATO forces’ pullout from the nation after 20 years of struggle, the Taliban had initially promised to permit for girls’s and minority rights.
As an alternative, they’ve restricted rights and freedoms, together with imposing a ban on women’ training past the sixth grade. They’ve additionally carried out public lashings throughout totally different provinces, punishing a number of women and men accused of theft, adultery or working away from house.
The previous insurgents have struggled of their transition from warfare to governing amid an financial downturn and the worldwide group’s withholding of official recognition.
U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres expressed concern concerning the public execution, reiterating the U.N. place that “the loss of life penalty can’t be reconciled with full respect for the precise to life,” U.N. affiliate spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay stated.