Taliban Official Congratulates Public Execution in Farah

Inamullah Samangani, the Taliban director of the government media and information center, congratulated the public execution of a man in Farah under Qisas punishment – retaliation in kind – by this group.

Details about how the execution took place have not been publicized yet. In the previous period of their rule, the Taliban used to shoot to death the accused under Qisas punishment.

On Wednesday, December 07, the Taliban executed a man, accused of murder, in public under Qisas punishment in the western Farah province.

The group’s top leaders, including the Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Chief Justice Abdul Hakim Haqqani, Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Interior Minister Serajuddin Haqqani, and the group’s Acting Education Minister Habibullah Agha were present at the public execution scene.

Via a tweet, Samangani called the execution of Qisas punishment an unchangeable principle of Islamic Sharia and a valuable step in ensuring security and social justice and hence, “congratulated this to all Muslims and human rights defenders”.

These punishments drew international reactions and condemnations.

Previously, the Taliban’s public floggings have also drawn international reactions.

Special Envoy of the European Union (EU), Tomas Niklasson, said that he is “appalled” by the Taliban’s public floggings of 14 men and women in Logar province.

“They follow a serious backslide in the respect of human rights in Afghanistan since August last year,” he added. The ruling group, however, describes flogging as a Sharia-based punishment while accusing those reacting against it as disrespectful to Islam.