KABUL, Afghanistan – Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement Thursday said that the leader of the Islamic Emirate Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada held a gathering with the provincial governors in Kandahar, stressing the need for preserving the Islamic values.
Akhundzada called for the implementation of Sharia law, saying any law enacted by the people are not acceptable and that every problem should be solved by Sharia.
“Over the past 20 years, there have been a lot of anti-Shari and Islam rhetoric and laws which are made by the people is not implementable,” he was quoted in the statement.
Meanwhile, analysts and local rights activists questioned the implementation of law the so-called Islamic Emirate leadership is biding to implement throughout the country, saying both the fundamental and Sharia laws are crucial for overall development.
“The laws should be implemented so as not to be against and in contrast with Sharia, so if it is something like this, that is an Islamic law,” said Ghulam Sakhi Ihsani, university instructor, as TOLOnews quoted.
According to the statement, all rights concerning women and minorities in the country must be upon Sharia, stressing the implementation of a latest decree by the supreme leader that has at least six articles.
“How is Sharia law implemented while the schools for girls’ students above grade six have remained closed for more than 313 days and women are deprived of their basic rights which is the right to education?” said Marriam Marouf Arveen, a female rights’ activist.
Meanwhile, the statement exclaimed it is the responsibility of all citizens and media organizations to bring this decree into effect.
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Earlier, at least four American senators voiced their concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan on a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, saying “we must not stand by as the Taliban seeks to erase the human rights of Afghan women and girls.”
Robert Menendez, James E. Risch, Jeanne Shaheen and Joni K. Ernst were the senators who wrote to the UN Secretary General, urging the intergovernmental organization to take “meaningful actions” in defense of human rights of Afghans.
“The United Nations has an opportunity to take meaningful actions that will send a clear, unequivocal message to the world that its member nations will defend the human rights of Afghans, particularly women and girls,” the letter reads, as TOLOnews quoted.
They say that the Islamic Emirate leadership take advantage of the UN travel exception outside Afghanistan, building diplomatic relations with other countries.
“The UN travel exemption has failed to produce meaningful dialogue with the Taliban nor spur them to take concrete actions to demonstrate their respect for the human rights and freedoms of the Afghan people,” the letter reads.
“Moreover, Taliban leaders have misused the exemption, traveling to Beijing and Moscow in efforts to establish diplomatic ties.”
Emphasizing on the ever-increasing restrictions and ongoing violation of human rights by the Taliban leadership, these senators urged the United Nations to exclude Taliban of any seat at the United Nations.
“We urge you to work to ensure the Taliban does not receive a seat at the United Nations when the UN Credentials Committee meets this September to determine diplomatic representation for Afghanistan,” the letter further added.
International community – including world leaders – laid down conditions before giving the Taliban a formal identity to lead the Afghanistan republic government: 1- Observe women’s right, 2- freedom of speech, 3- formation of inclusive government, 4- and never use of Afghan soil as a threat to other countries, including the United States.