Taliban execute two murderers by machine-gunning them in front of thousands of spectators at football stadium

Taliban authorities have publicly executed two men convicted of murder by machine-gunning them through the back in front of a crowd of spectators. The murderers were on Thursday, February 22, executed by multiple gunshots to the back in Ghazni city after Supreme Court official Atiqullah Darwish read aloud a death warrant signed by Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada. ‘These two people were convicted of the crime of murder… after two years of trial in the courts of the country, the order has been signed,’ Darwish said. Thousands of men gathered in the stadium to witness the execution. Families of the convicted men’s victims were also present. The Taliban administration in Kabul has not been officially recognised by any other government since it took power in 2021 and imposed an austere interpretation of Islam. Akhundzada ordered judges in 2022 to fully implement all aspects of Islamic law – including ‘eye for an eye’ punishments known as ‘qisas’.

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Boys’ education in Afghan at risk under Taliban rule

 ISLAMABAD- Due to curriculum changes, corporal punishment and the dismissal of female teachers, education for boys in Afghanistan is at risk in the long term under the Taliban rule. A report published on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) showed. Since the Taliban regained power in August 2021, they have been criticised above all for their severe curtailment of women’s education. While female teachers have been dismissed and replaced by unqualified teachers or no teacher at all, schools from the seventh grade and universities are entirely closed to girls and women. So far, less attention has been paid to the damage caused to the education system for boys, HRW said. The report is based on accounts from pupils from the eighth grade and parents. According to HRW, lessons such as sport, art and English have often been removed from the curriculum or were no longer taught due to a lack of teachers. A rise in corporal punishment is said to have been triggered by things such as a bad haircuts or possession of a mobile phone for example, the report …

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Top NGO presses Taliban to let women work in Afghanistan

The Taliban have “basically agreed” to let one of Afghanistan’s biggest foreign aid organisations continue employing women, the group’s head said, but told him it would take time. Jan Egeland, director-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, said the issue of women’s employment — and education for girls — had been central to meetings he had held with Taliban officials since his arrival at the weekend. The NRC — which has operated for years in the impoverished country, including in Taliban-controlled areas — would struggle to assist millions of needy people unless the Taliban allowed women to return to work for the group, he said. “Our female employees must be able to work freely with their male colleagues all over the country,” Egeland told AFP after meeting Taliban ministers and administrators. Almost a third of the NRC’s Afghan employees are women. According to Egeland, the Taliban “basically agreed” to allow women to work, and they admitted that “it is going too slow in many places”. He said the NRC — which provides services such as food assistance, clean water, shelter and …

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Taliban breaking promises including over women, says U.N.

United Nations’ human rights chief on Monday criticised Taliban’s record since seizing power in Afghanistan, saying stated commitments did not match realities on the ground such as the status of women. Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva, that Afghanistan was in a “new and perilous phase” with many women and members of ethnic groups and religious communities deeply concerned for their rights. “Importantly, and in contradiction to assurances that the Taliban would uphold women’s rights, over the past three weeks, women have instead been progressively excluded from the public sphere,’’she said in her speech. Bachelet expressed dismay at the composition of the Taliban’s new government, noting the absence of women and its dominance by ethnic Pashtun. She pointed to other broken pledges on granting amnesty to former civil servants and security officers linked to the previous government and prohibiting house-to-house searches. (Reuters/NAN)

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New Afghan govt. not something Taliban promised, says EU spokesman

European Commission spokesman Peter Stano has said that Afghanistan’s temporary government does not look inclusive and representative and that it was not something the Taliban movement (banned as a terrorist organisation in Russia) promised. Stano said this at a news conference. “Looking at the names which were announced. “This doesn’t really look like an inclusive and representative government. “This government is not something that the Taliban was promising. “The first step they made is already not much in the expectations. “We are looking forward to having in place a government in Afghanistan which will be reflecting the principle of inclusivity and being a representative body of the Afghan society,’’ Stano said. (Sputnik/NAN)

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Taliban Declare China Their Closest Ally

China has been declared by the Taliban officials who overthrew the Afghanistan government as their closest ally in the international community. The militants say Beijing is “ready to invest in and reconstruct” Afghanistan and describe the nation as their “principal partner”. Zabihulla Mujahid, the spokesman for the group, stated the Chinese would help to revive Afghan copper mining. He also praised the Chinese for their One Belt One Road investment project which has forged forward despite criticism from western countries. China is one of the few countries which did not evacuate staff from their Kabul embassy in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover. It was also been reported that a Taliban delegation visited China in July for talks with the foreign minister Wang Yi, in Tianjin. Mr. Mujahid told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica: “China is our principal partner and for us represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity because it’s ready to invest in and reconstruct our country. “We hold in high regard the One Belt One Road project that will serve to revive the ancient Silk Road. “Beyond that, …

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Hundreds of Britons still in Afghanistan, says foreign secretary

The number of UK nationals left behind in Afghanistan is in the “low hundreds”, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday, after the two-decade Western military presence there ended. Raab added he was unable to give an exact figure for how many British nationals and others potentially eligible to leave Afghanistan had not been evacuated following the Taliban’s takeover. “It’s very difficult to give you a firm figure,” he told BBC radio, hours after the last US troops flew out of country. Britain concluded its airlifts from Kabul airport on Saturday. “I can tell you that for UK nationals we’ve secured since April over 5,000, and we’re in the low hundreds (remaining),” Raab said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Britain’s evacuation efforts as they ended over the weekend, noting it had airlifted over 15,000 people in the last two weeks. But his government has faced scathing criticism over its handling of the crisis, prompted by the decision of its ally the United States to end its 20-year Afghan presence. That led the Taliban to recapture power earlier this month …

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Allow Humanitarians To Access Country – UN Security Council To Talibans

By Chris Udochukwu New York – The UN Security has passed a resolution asking the Taliban to ensure safe passage of people wanting to leave Afghanistan, allow humanitarians to access the country, and uphold human rights, including for women and children. Thirteen of the 15 ambassadors voted in favour of the resolution on Monday, which further demands that Afghanistan not be used as a shelter for terrorism. Permanent members China and Russia abstained. Countries condemned in the strongest terms the deadly blasts at Kabul airport on Thursday, which killed more than 150 people and injured upwards of 200 more. The terrorist group Islamic State in Khorosan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility. The attack targeted people fleeing Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover two weeks ago, and international forces assisting the evacuations. Thousands of Afghans have been trying to escape from the country ahead of the full withdrawal of the United States by its self-imposed Tuesday deadline. The resolution was tabled by the United States, alongside fellow permanent Council members France and the United Kingdom. “The Security Council expects the …

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After 20 Years War, US Troops Leave Afghanistan

By Our Reporter Abuja The last US troops departed Afghanistan Monday, concluding a 20-year conflict that ended with the Taliban seizing control of the country, US military has announced. “I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens,” head of Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie said. The last flight, a large C-17 military transport, took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport one minute before midnight Kabul time, McKenzie said. President Joe Biden set a deadline of August 31 for the withdrawal earlier this year. The final flight took place under heavy security following two attacks on the two-week evacuation operation by Islamic State-Khorasan — one a suicide bombing that left more than 100 people dead, including 13 US troops. McKenzie said the Taliban had been “very helpful and useful” in conducting the evacuation and the final flights, despite the deep enmity between the two sides. US troops led a NATO coalition to eject the Taliban from power in 2001 after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the …

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Afghan Police Chief Who Fought Taliban Is Blindfolded and Executed by Taliban (Photo)

An Afghan police chief has been blindfolded and executed by the Taliban. He was among those who fought the Taliban. General Haji Mullah Achakzai was handcuffed and forced on his knee, while two men who are reportedly militants have a discussion in the background. As the police chief awaits his fate, a man approaches with a gun and shoots him, then he lies motionless. The police chief, who is in his 60s, and former commander for Badghis Province is thought to have been detained by the Taliban after they took over the area near the Turkmenistan border. In just over a week, the Islamist militant group has managed to take over Afghanistan, and it is now said to be going door-to-door hunting for collaborators of the ousted regime. General Haji Mullah Achakzai was a sworn enemy of the Taliban and had fought them for many years . The video comes after the Taliban insisted there would be ‘no revenge’ against former adversaries, as the group goes on the charm offensive to give itself an air of legitimacy. Reports say the …

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Taliban: I Fled With Just Clothes – Ex-Afghanistan President, Ghani Breaks Silence From Exile

Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has debunked reports that he fled the country with bags full of dollars. Ghani left the country as Taliban forces entered Kabul on Sunday, August 15. Speaking for the first time from exile, Ghani confirmed he is in the United Arab Emirates and fled his country to prevent bloodshed after advice from officials. The former president also denied reports making the rounds that he took large sums of money in his helicopter as he departed the presidential palace. There were reports that Ghani fled with $169million in his cash-stuffed helicopter and has been given asylum in Dubai on ‘humanitarian grounds’. In a live Facebook broadcast, he said: “What had happened 25 years ago in Afghanistan was going to take place again. That was why I fled because that needed to be avoided, a shameful development like that. “The dignity of Afghanistan was important for me, and that was to be ensured, so I had to leave Afghanistan to prevent bloodshed, in order to make sure that a huge disaster (was) avoided. “I left on the …

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Afghanistan: Boris Johnson Gives Conditions For Recognition Of Taliban Govt

Abuja – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson has suggested a new government in Afghanistan could be recognised internationally if the Taliban upholds “internationally agreed standards on human rights and inclusivity”. His comments came after the Taliban overthrew the previous government and held a press conference declaring the country an “Islamic Emirate”, rather than a democracy. The prime minister “underlined” in a phone call with his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan that any move to recognise a Taliban government must “happen on an international, not unilateral basis”, a Downing Street spokesman said. But he suggested there could be a way for the Taliban to win recognition from the international community. “He said any legitimacy of any future Taliban government will be subject to them upholding internationally agreed standards on human rights and inclusivity,” according to a Downing Street statement released following the call. It went on: “The prime minister and prime minister Khan agreed their governments will keep in close contact in the coming days on the evolving situation.” It appears the Taliban …

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Afghanistan: Runways clear as Kabul evacuation resumes

The runway at Kabul’s airport is free for take-off and landing again on Tuesday after a day of confusion and crowds amid the Taliban takeover. NATO’s representative in Afghanistan, Stefano Pontecorvo tweet and was sure that evacuation efforts can resume. “I see aeroplanes landing and taking off,’’ wrote Pontecorvo on his Twitter feed. Flights had to be suspended on Monday amid chaos at the airport. Masses of people have crowded the airport, which they saw as the only way to escape Afghanistan after Taliban forces took effective control of the country on Sunday. The crowds which included embassy staff, local hires, foreign nationals and many who simply fear that the Taliban will impose a repressive Islamist rule spilled out onto the runways on Monday. The crowd made any plane that landed and making arrivals and departures impossible. Images circulated online of planes full of Afghan refugees taking off after officials decided not to try to keep them out. There were also reports of people fallen to their deaths after they lost their grips while clinging to the outside of departing …

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U.S 20-year mission not about ‘nation building’, designed to prevent terrorist attack on American soil – Biden justifies action

…Says Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.” Abuja – United States President, Joe Biden, on Monday, defended his administration’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan, reminding that the 20-year mission was not meant to be about “nation building” or “creating a unified, central democracy”, but was designed to prevent a terrorist attack on American soil. Mr Biden, a day after Taliban militants seized control of the country, said he stood firmly by his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, adding that there was never going to be a right time to do that. He argued in a televised address that he was faced with a choice to either follow through with the drawdown or escalate the conflict into its third decade and ultimately sacrifice more American lives. “I stand squarely behind my decision,” the 46th American president said. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces. That’s why we’re still there.” “Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country; the Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying …

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Facebook bans Taliban-related contents from platforms

Social media giant, Facebook, has banned Taliban and related contents from all its platforms. This confirmation comes after Taliban fighters took over Afghanistan Capital, Kabul on Sunday, causing many citizens to flee the country including the American backed President, Ashraf Ghani. Speaking with the BBC, a Facebook spokesperson said the organisation has been banned under its “Dangerous Organisation policies” which applies to all its platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp. “The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under US law and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies,” they said The ban, will ensure the removal of “..accounts maintained by or on behalf of the Taliban and prohibit praise, support, and representation of them.” Adamawa businessman remanded for allegedly calling Gov Fintiri ‘father of all thieves’“We also have a dedicated team of Afghanistan experts, who are native Dari and Pashto speakers and have knowledge of local context, helping to identify and alert us to emerging issues on the platform,” they added. In an interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday, Adam Mosseri, the head of Facebook’s …

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U.S., EU call on Taliban to end military offensive in Afghanistan

Diplomatic missions to Afghanistan of countries including the U.S. have called on Taliban militants to urgently put an end to their current military offensive in the country, in a joint statement published on Monday. The statement, signed among others by the EU delegation to the country and the office of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative. It said that the ongoing Taliban offensive was leading to civilian casualties, the displacement of people, and the destruction of public infrastructure across the country. “The Taliban’s offensive is in direct contradiction to their claim to support a negotiated settlement of the conflict and to the Doha peace process,’’ the statement said. It also condemned credible reports of attempts to repress the human rights of women and girls and to shut down private and public media organisations in an attempt to conceal their human rights abuses and diminish freedom of expression. “Afghans have made numerous gains over the past twenty years and want to continue building on their achievements in development, human rights, and free speech. “We want to underscore that progress made over the …

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