Ignoring the concern over the human rights situation in Afghanistan, Taliban supreme leader Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada has ordered judges to implement total Islamic law. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said the command from Haibatullah Akhundzada came after the leader met with a group of judges.
"Alaiqadar Amirul Momineen in a meeting of judges: Investigate the cases of thieves, kidnappers and seditionists. 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 my order, and it is obligatory to act," Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted.
A Taliban spokesperson said the order of the leader of the Islamic Emirate will be implemented throughout the country. "Those who are involved in murder, kidnapping and theft must be punished for their actions," said Taliban spokesperson Yousef Ahmadi, TOLOnews reported.
The Afghan news agency said this is the first time the Taliban leader issued a formal order to fully implement all aspects of Islamic law throughout the country since the Islamic group came to power.
After invading Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban imposed policies severely restricting basic rights--particularly those of women and girls, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The Taliban have dismissed all women from leadership posts in the civil service and prohibited girls in most provinces from attending secondary school. Taliban decrees prohibit women from travelling unless accompanied by a male relative and require women's faces to be covered in public--including women TV newscasters.