KABUL – The supreme chief of Afghanistan has instructed the judges to completely implement all points of the Islamic legislation, together with public executions, stoning and flogging and the amputation of thieves’ limbs.
The Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted late Sunday that the “obligatory” command by Hibatullah Akhundzada got here after the secretive chief met a bunch of judges.
Akhundzada, who has not been filmed or photographed in public because the Taliban returned to energy in August final yr, guidelines by decree from Kandahar.
The Taliban promised a softer model of the cruel rule that characterised their first stint in energy, from 1996-2001, however have progressively clamped down on rights and freedoms.
“Carefully examine the files of thieves, kidnappers and seditionists,” Mujahid quoted Akhundzada as saying.
“These information by which all of the sharia (Islamic legislation) circumstances of hudud and qisas have been fulfilled, you’re obliged to implement.
“This is the ruling of sharia, and my command, which is obligatory.”
Mujahid was not out there Monday to broaden on his tweet.
Rahima Popalzai, a authorized and political analyst, stated the edict may very well be an try by the Taliban to harden a popularity they might really feel has softened since they returned to energy.
“If they really start to implement hudud and qisas, they will be aiming to create the fear society has gradually lost,” she stated.
She added the Taliban additionally wished to burnish their Islamic credentials.
“As a theocratic setup, the Taliban want to strengthen their religious identity among Muslim countries.”
Girls specifically have seen hard-won rights evaporate prior to now 15 months, and they’re more and more being squeezed out of public life.
Most feminine authorities employees have misplaced their jobs — or are being paid a pittance to remain at dwelling — whereas ladies are additionally barred from travelling with no male family member and should cowl up with a burqa or hijab when out of the house.
Previously week, the Taliban additionally banned ladies from coming into parks, funfairs, gyms and public baths.
Throughout their first rule, the Taliban commonly carried out punishments in public — together with floggings and executions on the nationwide stadium.