The interim Afghan government has carried out the first public execution since the group’s return to power in Afghanistan last year.
The de facto government of Afghanistan publicly executed a man named Tajmir convicted of a murder at a crowded football stadium in South-Western Farah province earlier today, where a number of the group’s top ministers and leaders attended the execution.
Enforcing the Sharia law has been the foremost priority of the rolling government, as the verdict was issued by the Taliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada last month. The punishment includes public executions, public amputations, and stoning.
The group’s supreme spiritual leader met judges in November and stated that they should carry out punishments consistent with sharia law, according to a court statement.
The execution has been the first of its kind since the militant group came to power. The expectation of the general public from the interim government has been a softer version of the Sharia law, however, it is gradually shifting to the strict version characterizing the group’s previous spell.
Prior notice was given to the general public inviting them to attend the sports field. The convicted person had stabbed a man named Mustafa about five years ago, and the sentence was approved by Taliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada, BBC quoted.
During their previous stint from 1996-2001, the Taliban regime regularly carried out public punishments, including executions at the national stadium in Kabul and other provinces, causing great criticism for their harsh practice of the Sharia law.