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 ‘Cutting off hands is essential:' Taliban official confirms executions and amputations will return

A prominent Taliban leader has stated that the group will reintroduce criminal punishments such as amputations and executions, though he did not specify whether this would be done publicly.

Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, one of the Taliban's founding members, has confirmed the return of executions to the country. The Taliban government of the late 1990s was known for its extreme interpretation of Islamic law, and he served as justice minister during the previous Taliban administration.

He told the Associated Press that cutting off someone's hands was "very necessary for security" and that it would act as a deterrent. He went on to say that the new Taliban government was investigating whether these punishments should be administered in public, as they had been in the past, and that they would "develop a policy" in the near future.

Previous rule by the Taliban in Afghanistan was marked by heinous acts of "justice," such as public executions on a soccer field in Kabul, which were widely condemned. Men and women accused of crimes were stoned, shot down, or had their limbs amputated by the hard-line group, even if the crimes were minor thefts or robberies, according to reports.

At the time, the international community expressed its displeasure with these actions. According to Mr Turabi, in response to this, "Everyone has criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws or their punishments." No one will be able to tell us what our legal system should look like. "We will follow Islam and base our laws on the teachings of the Quran."

Almost immediately after the Taliban took control of Kabul on 15 August, there have been fears that similar barbaric acts will be carried out once more, despite the extremist group's claims that it is more liberal this time around. There have already been reports from the country that men accused of unspecified crimes have been publicly humiliated and paraded in front of the public.

Despite this, Taliban leaders have asserted that their new rule will be based on gender equality as well as on justice.

In his interview with the female journalist, Mr Turabi reiterated these claims, adding, "We have changed from the past."

The previous Taliban regime had outlawed all forms of entertainment, including films and sports, as well as all forms of expression. "We are serious about it," he said of the new restrictions on television, mobile phones, photos and video, which will be permitted "because this is a necessity of the people."

His remarks were followed by a reminder that sharia (Islamic) laws would be followed this time around by the judges, who would include female judges as well.

Several international organizations, including the United Nations and other international organizations, have expressed concern about the human rights situation in Afghanistan. If the country continues its previous activities, several countries have threatened to isolate it. The new regime, on the other hand, has stated on numerous occasions that it will uphold human rights values.

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