Difference between Taliban and 'Taliban Khan'  

By: Ashraf Mumtaz      Published: 10:51 AM, 27 Sep, 2021
Difference between Taliban and 'Taliban Khan'  

The Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan only about a month –and- a- half ago after the humiliating departure of the US and allies from the impoverished country.

They are still waiting for recognition by the world community, which is meticulously monitoring their policies and actions before taking any decision on this important matter.

They will decide in favour of recognition only when the Taliban act according to their demands and yardsticks.   

Expediency demands that the Taliban should follow only such policies as could please other countries.

But hats off to Taliban leadership who have decided in categorical terms that Islamic punishments would be enforced, no matter what the world reaction.

What the Taliban have said means the movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands.

This, in the prevailing situation, is like a red rag to a bull.

In an interview with a news agency, prisons chief Mullah Nooruddin Turabi dismissed outrage over the Taliban’s executions in the past, which sometimes took place in front of crowds at a stadium, and he warned the world against interfering with Afghanistan’s new rulers.

“Everyone criticized us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments,” Turabi argued.  

“No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam, and we will make our laws [based] on the Quran.”

Turabi, now in his early 60s, was justice minister and head of the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice during the Taliban’s previous reign.

He said the cabinet was studying whether to carry out punishments in public.  

On Saturday, Taliban authorities in the western Afghan city of Herat killed four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies up in public to deter others.

Sher Ahmad Ammar, deputy governor of Herat, said the men had kidnapped a local businessman and his son and intended to take them out of the city, when they were seen by patrols that had set up checkpoints around the city.

An exchange of gunfire ensued in which all four were killed, while one Tali­ban soldier was wounded.

“Their bodies were brou­ght to the main square and hung up in the city as a lesson for other kidnappers,” he said.

The two victims were released unharmed, he said.

“In order to be a lesson for other kidnappers not to kidnap or harass anyone, we hung them in the squares of the city and made this clear to everyone that anyone who steals or abducts or does any action against our people will be punished,” he said.  

The display across several squares in the city is the most high-profile public punishment since the Taliban swept to power last month, and is a sign they will adopt fearsome measures similar to their previous rule.

The Taliban’s decision about the restoration of Islamic punishments carries a strong message for the PTI rulers who have said it umpteen times that they want to transform Pakistan into a Madinah-like state. But, so far, they have not been able to take necessary steps for the purpose.  

In fact, they have not even started the journey despite the fact that they have completed three years in power.

Instead of awarding Islamic punishments for serious offences, the PTI government is not even carrying out capital punishments awarded many years ago to those involved in heinous crimes. A large number of condemned prisoners have been relaxing in jails since long because of this reason.  

Also, it is because of the government’s failure on this front that crime rate is going up in the country. Such shameful crimes are being committed in the Islamic republic of Pakistan as are beyond one’s imagination and are bringing a bad name to the country across the world.

The government’s reluctance to take condemned prisoners to the gallows are adding to the agony of the victim families, who had to go through tough times to be able to bring the culprits to justice.

It appears that the prime minister – who in some circles is called Taliban Khan- is still not clear what steps he should take to deliver on his commitment about converting Pakistan into a Madinah-like state.

Not long ago he had showered praise on China for its marvelous progress in various walks of life, especially in banishing poverty from the world’s most populous state. He had indicated that he was impressed by the Chinese system and wants to emulate it in Pakistan, especially to eradicate poverty.

The wavering attitude of Prime Minister Khan on this important subject indicates as if he is not sure whether he wants to convert Pakistan into a Madinah-like as it is today, which Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman is determined to westernize, or as it was during the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

He has already proved himself a complete disappointment on account of his failure to deliver on other commitments.  

In such a situation the future of the PTI doesn’t look bright, no matter that the ministers consistently claim that the party will win the 2023 elections with a two-thirds majority.   

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Ashraf Mumtaz

The writer is the Deputy Editor of 24 Digital.