KABUL, Afghanistan – The Islamic Emirate leader Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada ordered judges to fully implement Shaira law on criminals, according to sources, months after the group leadership announced the need for preserving Islamic values.
In July, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said Akhundzada held a gathering with the provincial governors in Kandahar to tackle the importance of preserving the Islamic values.
“Mawlawi Hebatullah in meeting with the judges, told them to investigate the cases of thieves, kidnappers and seditionists properly,” said Enayatullah, deputy spokesman of the Supreme Court, as TOLOnews quoted.
“Those cases that have reached all the requirements of the Sharia retribution, you (judges) are obliged to implement retribution,” he said.
However, some political experts said that it will be difficult to implement all aspects of Islamic law given the current situation in Afghanistan.
“The Islamic Emirate should make its decision on this matter, whether it stresses the internal dimension or on the foreign dimension, it should move accordingly,” said Janat Fahim Chakari, a political expert.
“The Islamic system is complete when all of its aspects are observed; if all aspects are not implemented, the system is not called an Islamic system. In my opinion, it is a good thing that all aspects should be implemented,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, another political expert.
Meanwhile, a number of Kabul resident said that criminals must be punished fairly and “cases must be handled by having documents, proof, in all cases.”
“Each order has certain principles and regulations. This kind of work shouldn’t be done without guidelines and principles,” said, a Kabul resident.
This is the first time that the leader of the Islamic Emirate has issued a formal order to fully implement all aspect of Islamic law throughout the country since the Islamic Emirate came to power.
In July, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement 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.