Public Execution Reported in Afghanistan

Public Execution Reported in Afghanistan

( – The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated ever since the US withdrew forces in 2021. In February 2020, former President Donald Trump brokered an agreement to withdraw remaining US forces from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021. He negotiated the terms with Taliban leadership but excluded the Afghan government from the talks.

Incoming President Joe Biden extended the deadline until August 31, 2021. The president assured Americans in a July 2021 speech that a Taliban takeover of the country wasn’t “inevitable.” However, by the end of the American withdrawal, the Taliban effectively controlled Afghanistan.

A recently updated report by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) said the fundamentalist group had “imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law” on the country despite its earlier pledge to respect the rights of women and minority groups.

The CFR determined that Taliban rule threatens Afghan citizens’ “civil and political rights,” returning the country to the days of its “brutal rule in the late 1990s.” Likewise, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan documented accusations of numerous human rights violations, including “extrajudicial killings, torture… arbitrary arrests and detentions.” It also reported on abuses against Afghan women and girls.

Similarly, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued a special report detailing the Taliban’s alleged efforts to threaten, beat, and censor journalists and otherwise restrict press freedoms.

A recent report indicated the Taliban carried out its first known public execution since taking over the country, although Taliban troops have allegedly killed untold numbers of Afghans and foreigners.

Taliban Holds First Public Execution Since Taking Over Afghanistan

On December 7, the Afghan government’s official media outlet, the Bakhtar News Agency, reported that officials carried out the first “sentence of retribution,” or Qisas (an Islamic word meaning “eye for an eye” or “retaliation in kind”), since the Taliban seized control of the country.

Citing Taliban spokesperson Mawlavi Zabihullah Mujahid, the news agency reported how several officials of the recently reestablished Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attended the “ceremony,” including the nation’s chief justice and the deputy prime minister for economics.

Mujahid posted extensively about the execution on his Twitter page. He posted a copy of the order of execution issued by the Supreme Court of the Islamic Emirate imposed on “one murderer,” identified as Tajmir, who was “the son of Gulam Sarwar,” a resident of Jalwarha Village in Herat province.

Tajmir reportedly killed a man named “Mustafa, son of Abdul Rahman,” in Farah Province roughly five years ago after stealing his motorcycle and phone, according to the execution order. Three different courts upheld the conviction, and the leader of the Islamic Emirate, His Highness Amir al Mu’minin, issued the final order of death on him in keeping with Sharia law’s standing on retribution related to murder.

Mujahid posted an additional tweet saying that the victim’s father performed the execution by shooting Tajmir three times. The spokesperson also posted a short clip of the victim’s mother expressing her satisfaction that justice had been served on her son’s behalf.

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