Infamous for its brutality, the Taliban reasserted its control over Afghanistan after President Joe Biden abruptly withdrew all U.S. forces from the nation last month. Many had feared the resurgence of the radical group would bring terror to the Central Asian nation — and it seems those worries were well-founded.
According to the Washington Examiner, a Taliban official has said the group will reinstate “severe punishments,” including “hand amputations and executions,” as consequences for individuals that the group claims have broken the law.
The spokesperson said it remains undecided whether the punishments would be public, but indicated that the Taliban is standing behind the measures.
“Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, known for helping found the Taliban, said in an interview, according to the Examiner. “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam, and we will make our laws on the Quran.”
Speaking with the Associated Press, Turabi said the clearly barbaric punishments are “necessary for security.”
“Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security,” Turabi explained, citing its effectiveness as a deterrent.
The AP noted that in the past, those convicted of murder under Taliban rule were routinely executed with a single gunshot to the head, often delivered by the victim’s family.
Amputations of hands and even feet were also common punishments for conviction of theft and robbery, the AP reported.
All on Biden’s watch
The remarks from Turabi, who is currently in charge of prisons under the newly reconstituted Taliban regime after previously serving as head of the group’s “religious police” over two decades ago, appear to fly in the face of the absurd narrative from the Biden administration that this is a “new and improved” Taliban.
But Fox News reports that the spokesman told the AP the current iteration of the Taliban “are changed from the past,” noting that they were speaking with a female journalist.
Turabi also pointed out as evidence of the supposed “change” in the Taliban that, contrary to the past, the ruling regime will allow Afghans to own and use televisions and mobile phones, including with photos and videos, “because this is the necessity of the people, and we are serious about it.”
That will also allow the group to spread its message far and wide, Turabi told the AP. “Now we know instead of reaching just hundreds, we can reach millions,” he said. We can blame Biden for that one.