AFGHANISTAN - Taliban Orders Sharia Law Punishment

Arno Froese

Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada has ordered Afghan judges to impose punishments for certain crimes that may include public amputations and stoning.

When in power in the 1990s, the Taliban were condemned for such punishments, which included public executions.

The exact crimes and punishments have not been defined by the Taliban, but one religious leader in Afghanistan told the BBC that under Sharia law, penalties could include amputations, public lashings and stoning.

Levels of violence have fallen across Afghanistan since foreign troops pulled out after 20 years of war, in the face of the Taliban advance in the summer of 2021.

But the group has faced numerous allegations that it is abusing human rights, including of opponents, women and journalists.

Billions of dollars in Afghan assets held abroad are frozen as the international community waits for the Taliban to honor promises still to be met on security, governance and human rights.

-www.bbc.com, 14 November 2022

Arno's Commentary

It is difficult for the West or the East to convince Afghans to follow the modern system. The Soviet Union fought a war against Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, but lost and had to withdraw. In 2001, the United States launched an invasion of Afghanistan, supported by an international military coalition. That lasted 20 years, with devastating consequences for the Afghan people. One thing becomes crystal clear: whether the East or the West, no one dares to get entangled with Afghanistan militarily again.

What next? Money is an important element for the future. In order to function, even as a religiously dominated nation, money has to be made, industry has to be developed; otherwise, Afghanistan will be as isolated as North Korea, for example. When frozen “Afghan assets held abroad” will be released is unknown. But the immediate future calls for some kind of compromise. 

While religiously dominated by the Taliban, we know that the Church is well and alive in the country. Thus, our fervent prayer is that the Church will let her light shine into the darkness, and many Afghans will see the light and be liberated—not just temporarily but eternally.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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