Since taking control of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, the Taliban have launched a campaign of enchantment to rehabilitate their hardline image from the 1996-2001 era when they carried out public executions, whipped men who did not pray in mosques, restricted women’s movement and adopted an extreme understanding of the law. or their version of Islamic Sharia.
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Afghanistan’s new government is composed mostly of senior members of the Taliban group. The group has dissolved the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and revived the Ministry of Virtue Spreading and Crime Prevention.
However, it appears that the Taliban have not changed much of their core values as Mullah Nooruddin Turabi emphasized in an interview with The Associated Press that the group would carry out any punishment it deems appropriate and demanded the international community not to interfere.
“Everyone criticized us for the punishment in the stadium [eksekusi publik], but we never said anything about their laws and punishments. No one will tell us what our laws should be like. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws based on the Qur’an,” Turabi said.
Turbai, who was head of the Ministry of Virtue Spreading and Crime Prevention during the previous Taliban era, said the crime of murder would be punished by public execution, which the group used to bring down with a single bullet to the head.
However, the option remains for the family of the slain victim to choose to receive “blood money” to save the life of the murderer.
Thieves will be punished by cutting off their hands and for robbery on the highway, the punishment is cutting off their hands and feet.