Kabul: A convicted murderer was shot dead this week in the grounds of a mosque in provincial Afghanistan, officials said, the second public execution since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021.
“He was executed in public in the town of Sultan Ghazi Baba, canter of Laghman province, so that he could suffer and become a lesson for others,” said a statement from provincial information officers.
Although public executions were common during the Taliban’s first rule from 1996 to 2001, the only other one they have carried out since returning to power was in December last year in Farah province. There have been regular public floggings for other crimes, however, including theft, adultery and alcohol consumption.
Officials named the murderer as “Ajmal, son of Naseem”, adding he had killed five people.
Around 2,000 people watched the execution — including relatives of Ajmal’s victims — and that the sentence and execution were carried out in accordance with sharia law, an AFP report said.
In a statement, Afghanistan’s Supreme Court said all avenues of appeal had been exhausted in Ajmal’s case, and the final decision to carry out the execution was made by the Supreme Leader. It said Ajmal had killed five people “in two phases”. He shot dead four people at a house in Laghman province, before killing another man elsewhere.
Taliban pushes for resumption of Pakistan-TTP talks
There is a renewed push by the Afghan Taliban to restart talks between Pakistani officials and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as a delegation of tribal elders reportedly met the TTP chief.
Though there was no official confirmation from either side, sources claim that the tribal delegation recently met TTP chief Noor Wali Mehsud. The meeting was part of efforts to explore possibility of resumption talks that were called off in November last year, Express Tribune reported.
A senior Pakistani official, however, said there was no change in the government policy. “We are no longer seeking talks with the TTP,” the official added, while requesting anonymity.