The Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, announced in a statement that accusations made against the Taliban officials and criticizing them for untrue things are prohibited and against “Islamic values”.
According to the statement released by the Taliban’s office of the spokesperson, “There is no place for rumors in Islam because it causes hatred among the Muslims, it negates trust and affects morale.”
Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, stated that various Islamic Hadiths imply that unsubstantiated claims are deemed lies and should be punished.
The Taliban’s supreme leader stated in this message that there is a “punishment” for accusing the government, citing hadiths and verses from the Holy Qur’an.
Per the statement, it is inappropriate to verbally, nonverbally, or in any other way humiliate Islamic clergy and Taliban government officials.
Additionally, the Prophet of Islam is cited in this statement as saying that spreading false information or making allegations that cause unease in the community constitutes “participation with the enemies.”
This statement comes as the Office of the United Nations Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a report alleging the Taliban officials denying people’s freedoms, and maintaining inhumane behavior with them, citing torture.