However, even during the abuse comedian Nazar Mohammad suffered at the hands of the Taliban in the video, he was heard making jokes about the insurgent group.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid admitted that the two men in the video were Taliban. Last week, local media claimed that Mohammad, better known as Khasha Zwan, was arrested by the Taliban at his home and shot dead.
However, initially the insurgent group denied any involvement in the comic’s murder. But after a video, widely shared on social media, showed Khasha being slapped and abused while being held by two men in a car, the insurgent group admitted to the crime.
The men have been arrested and will be tried in a Taliban court, the spokesman for the insurgent group said. He also accused the comic of being a member of the Afghan National Police and of being involved in the torture and murder of Taliban men.
He added that the Taliban should have stopped the comedian and brought him to court, instead of killing him.
Khasha, a comedian well known for his crass jokes, funny songs and internet mockery, also previously served in the Kandahar Police Department.
Afghan artists and personalities have expressed their condolences to Khasha on the internet while raising concerns about the future of Afghanistan, with Taliban activities intensifying in recent months, just after the start of their campaign. final withdrawal of foreign forces led by the United States.
Hundreds of people are believed to be held by the Taliban in the areas they have invaded. Schools have been burnt down and reports of restrictions on women similar to those imposed when insurgents last ruled Afghanistan. At the time, they denied girls access to school and prohibited women from working.