Taliban’s Hanging Law Triggers Controversy

Taliban officials in the western province of Herat said Monday the criminals would be punished according to sharia law if they committed any crime. This comes after Taliban militants killed four suspected kidnappers and then hanged their bodies in the town square last Saturday (25/9).

During the previous Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the Taliban adhered to a strict interpretation of Islam. Since taking Kabul on August 15 and taking over the country, the world has been watching closely to see if the Taliban will return to the harsh laws of the late 1990s.

Deputy Governor of Herat Province, Mawlavi Shir Ahmad, said, “Our future steps are to track down the whereabouts of every criminal in the sharia courts and sharia law will be applied to them, and they will face whatever punishment is in sharia law.”

The Associated Press reports how Farhad Qalanawi is still mourning the death of his brother four months ago in a kidnapping attempt in the city of Herat. Qalanawi and his family have many businesses in the city of Herat. The incident that killed the Qalanawi brother came just months before the Taliban returned to power. In the incident, his brother’s wife and their daughter were also injured.

Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, the Taliban’s co-founder and head of Islamic law enforcement when he last ruled Afghanistan, told the Associated Press that the hardline movement would once again enforce executions and amputations of hands, though not in public.

While many have strongly criticized the Taliban for their tough rule, Qalanawi and many others who have lost family members in robberies and kidnappings, say they support the Taliban’s tough stance on criminal groups. [em/jm]

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