Afghanistan: Taliban To Impose Their Interpretation Of Sharia Law

Taliban previously imposed violent punishments when in power from 1996 to 2001
Members of Taliban watch a bout of traditional mud wrestling competition during the Friday weekend at a field in Chaman-e- Huzuri ground in Kabul on October 21, 2022. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Taliban has directed that their interpretation of Sharia law be fully imposed by judges in Afghanistan.
  • Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted, “Those cases that have met all the Shariah conditions of limitation and retribution, you are obliged to issue the limitation and retribution, because this is the order of the Sharia… and it is obligatory to act.”
  • Similar to the Taliban’s previous reign from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban’s hardline imposition of Sharia law could include potential public executions, amputations, and flogging.

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