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Taliban leader says its government will cut hands of criminals, execute them in accordance with Islamic laws 

One of the founding fathers of the Taliban, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, has revealed that its new government in Afghanistan will embrace harsh punishment like amputations and executions.  

Turabi who will control prisons under the new government complained that other countries feel entitled to dictating how Taliban rules its people while the Taliban minds its business in the affairs of other countries. 

He further justified the Taliban rules saying they are from the Qu’ran. 

“Everyone criticised us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi said in an interview published Thursday, September 23, by the Associated Press.

 “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam, and we will make our laws on the Quran.”

Turabi had served as the justice minister and head of the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, under the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.  

Under his role as the religious police, he superceded amputations and executions for criminal offenses that included theft and highway robbery. 

Now Turabi has revealed those same practices will be brought back. 

“Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security,” Turabi said, claiming it was a deterrent to theft and other crime.

In the interview, Turabi also clarified that the new Taliban government would allow television, mobile phones, photos and videos “because this is the necessity of the people, and we are serious about it.”

He also noted that female judges would be allowed to adjudicate cases. However, Afghanistan’s laws will be based on the Quran claiming it would help spread the Taliban’s message. 

“Now we know instead of reaching just hundreds, we can reach millions,” he said, adding that if executions and amputations are approved for public viewing, then people could record those instances and share them as a deterrent for what Taliban officials consider criminal offenses.

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