Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the founders of the Taliban, has confirmed the return of executions. He is known for his extremist interpretation of Islamic laws and served as justice minister in the previous Taliban government in the late 1990s.
“Cutting off your hands is very necessary for safety,” Turabi said in a rare interview with Associated press, adding that this would have a deterrent effect. He added that the new Taliban government was studying whether these sentences should be imposed in public, as in the past, and that it would soon “develop a policy”.
The previous Taliban regime in Afghanistan was marked by horrific incidents of “justice” such as public executions on a football field in Kabul. The hard-line group has stoned, killed or amputated limbs of men and women accused of crimes, including petty theft and theft.
These acts were criticized by the international community at the time. Referring to this, Mr Turabi said, “Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we never said anything about their laws and punishments. No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.
Since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15, fears have grown that similar barbaric acts will recur, despite the extremist group’s claims that it is more liberal this time around. Reports from the country have emerged that men accused of undisclosed crimes have already been publicly humiliated and exhibited.
Yet, meanwhile, Taliban leaders have asserted that there will be gender equality and justice in his new regime.
Mr. Turabi also repeated these assertions in his interview with the journalist and said: “We are changed from the past. “
He added that the judges, including the women, will hear the cases this time, but reiterated that the laws will be based on Sharia (Islamic) laws.
The United Nations and other international organizations have expressed concern about the human rights situation in Afghanistan. Several countries also threatened to isolate the nation if it repeated past activities. However, the new regime has repeatedly asserted that it will uphold human rights values.