Afghan Supreme Leader Orders Full Implementation of Sharia Law |  Taliban

Afghan Supreme Leader Orders Full Implementation of Sharia Law | Taliban

Afghanistan’s top leader has ordered judges to fully enforce aspects of Islamic law, including public executions, stoning, flogging and the amputation of limbs for thieves, the Taliban spokesman said.

Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted Sunday that Haibatullah Akhundzada’s “mandatory” order came after the mysterious leader met with a group of judges.

Akhundzada, who has not been filmed or photographed in public since the Taliban returned last August, rules by decree from Kandahar, the movement’s birthplace and spiritual heartland.

The Taliban promised a softer version of the harsh rule that marked their first term from 1996 to 2001, but have gradually curtailed rights and freedoms.

“Carefully examine the files of thieves, kidnappers and rioters,” Mujahid Akhundzada quoted as saying. These files in which all Sharia [Islamic law] If the conditions of hudud and qisas are met, you are obliged to implement them. This is the Sharia ruling and my command, which is obligatory.”

Mujahid was unavailable Monday to expand on his tweet.

Hudud refers to crimes for which certain types of punishment are prescribed under Islamic law, while qisas is translated as “retribution in kind” – effectively an eye for an eye.

Hudud crimes include adultery – and the false accusation of it – drinking alcohol, theft, kidnapping and mugging, apostasy and rebellion.

Qisas covers murder and intentional assault, among other things, but also enables victims’ families to accept compensation instead of punishment.

Islamic scholars say that crimes leading to hudud punishment require a very high level of evidence, including – in the case of adultery – a confession or the testimony of four adult male Muslims.

Videos and images of Taliban militants delivering summary floggings to people accused of various crimes have frequently surfaced on social media since taking power last year.

On several occasions, the Taliban have also publicly displayed the bodies of kidnappers they say were killed in gunfire.

There have also been reports of adulterers being flogged after Friday prayers in rural areas, but independent verification has been difficult to obtain.

Rahima Popalzai, a legal and political analyst, said the edict could be an attempt by the Taliban to cement a reputation they believe has weakened since their return to power.

“If they really start implementing hudud and qisas, they will aim to stoke the fear that society has been gradually losing,” she said, adding that the Taliban also wanted to brush up on their Islamic credentials. “As a theocratic body, the Taliban seek to strengthen their religious identity among Muslim countries.”

Above all, the hard-fought rights of women have evaporated in the past 15 months and are increasingly being pushed out of public life.

Most women government employees have lost their jobs or are being paid starvation wages to stay at home, while women are also not allowed to travel without a male relative and are required to wear a burqa or hijab when outside the home.

In the past week, the Taliban also banned women from parks, amusement parks, gyms and public baths.

During their first reign, the Taliban regularly carried out public punishments, including floggings and executions at Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium.

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