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Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, Taliban official in charge of prisons, has said the in-power militants will bring back harsh forms of Islamic justice for criminals. In August as they took over Afghanistan, the Taliban presented themselves as a changed outfit with promises of amnesty for opponents and a commitment to allow women to study and work.
In a grim hint to a return of the brutal regime of the 1990s the Taliban enforcer dismissed outrage over Sharia law in Afghanistan and vowed to return to capital punishment.
He said: “Everyone criticised us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments.
“No one will tell us what our laws should be.
“We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”
Under the Taliban’s previous rule in the 1990s, Mr Turabi was the justice minister of the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
The militants at the time would carry out public executions at Kabul’s sports stadium or at the Eid Gah Mosque.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Mr Turabi said: “Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security.”
He added the Taliban are considering whether to do punishments in public, saying the group have “changed from the past”.
The official suggested television, mobile phones, photos and video may be allowed under the new regime “because this is the necessity of the people, and we are serious about it”.
Speaking on August 17, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in his first news conference the group had changed.
He said: “When it comes to experience and maturity and vision, of course, there is a huge difference between us in comparison to 20 years ago…
“I would like to assure the international community, including the U.S., that nobody will be harmed in Afghanistan.
“You will not be harmed from our soil.”
Reports from Afghanistan hold the Taliban have broken promises of amnesty, as torture and killings have been flagged by those in the country.
On Monday, an Amnesty International report skewered Taliban claims the group will respect human rights.
The charity said despite how the Taliban “have attempted to portray to the world that they will respect human rights … the ground reality is far from this”.
It added: “The current situation in Afghanistan is a moment of reckoning — a moment when the human rights gains that the Afghan people have built over two decades is at risk of collapse.”
Amnesty International also said its researchers had spoken to witnesses in Ghazni province who recounted how the Taliban killed nine Hazara men in the village of Mundarakht between July 4 and 6.
Agnès Callamard, the head of Amnesty International, said the brutality of the killings was “a reminder of the Taliban’s past record and a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring”.
Taliban fighters are believed to have killed a relative of an Afghan journalist working for the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, whom they were looking for in western Afghanistan.
The broadcaster revealed that three more of its journalists had had their homes raided.
Katja Gloger, of the German division of Reporters Without Borders, said: “Sadly, this confirms our worst fears.
“The brutal action of the Taliban shows that the lives of independent media workers in Afghanistan are in acute danger.”
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