The Taliban will bring back severe punishments to Afghanistan, which will include hand amputations and executions, according to one of the group's leaders.
Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, a founder of the Taliban, said Thursday that both forms of punishment would resume in the country, though he is unsure whether the punishments will occur in public. Turabi also dismissed criticism of how the Taliban handled executions in the past, which sometimes took place in front of crowds at a stadium, according to Associated Press.
“Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi told the outlet. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam, and we will make our laws on the Quran.”
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The comments from Turabi contradict the group's mid-August declaration of "amnesty" for all in Afghanistan and rhetoric encouraging women to join the new government. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, owned by the Taliban since Kabul's takeover, said on Aug. 17 that it was ready to provide women "with environment to work and study, and the presence of women in different (government) structures according to Islamic law."
But those who remained in Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of Kabul cautioned the new national leadership would reimpose the severe sentencing. One former interpreter for the United States, who was hiding from the Taliban, warned on July 4 that if the Taliban took over Afghanistan's capital, then "they will come, and they will behead us all."
Despite the inclusivity pledge, a Taliban spokesperson said on Sept. 10 that women are incapable of performing government jobs. The group also ordered women in Kabul to leave the workforce on Sunday, and teenage girls were also not allowed to return to school over the weekend.
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Despite the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan on Aug. 15, President Joe Biden stood by his self-imposed withdrawal deadline, removing all U.S. forces ahead of Aug. 31. Thousands of U.S. residents and a "fair amount" of U.S. defense equipment were left behind.