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Taliban execute man, woman on adultery charges


Taliban execute man, woman on adultery charges

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:26

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The Taliban have shot a man and woman to death on adultery charges in the Daryami district of northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Ahmad Zahid Omari told Pajhwok Afghan News the accused -- Gul Ahmad, and Nigar -- were married and had illicit relations. They were publicly executed by shooting on Monday.

A member of provincial council, Dr. Ahmad Basheer Samim, said the man and woman were neighbours in Yamchian village. They usually went to each other’s house.

He added the Taliban arrested them when the man entered the woman’s house. The decision on their execution was taken by a Taliban, he said, slamming the verdict as illegal.

“We have repeatedly brought Taliban’s presence in the district to the notice of security officials and urged the authorities to use local forces and public uprising members to crack down on the militants,” the public representative said.

However, the provincial officials did not pay attention to their calls, Dr. Samim regretted. As a result, he argued, the Taliban had stepped up their campaign to harass the people.

He condemned the Taliban’s act, saying Gul Ahmad was a 50-year-old man and had a wife and children. Nigar was 40 and had six children and their economic situation was not good, he concluded.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.