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Taliban leader calls for «full» implementation of ‘sharia’ in Afghanistan

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Taliban leader Mullah Hebatullah Ajundzada has defended the need to "fully" implement Sharia law in the country and has defended that "all responsible persons must be equal" under Islamic law, during a meeting with provincial governors in Kandahar (south).

Ajundzada stressed during the meeting "the importance of the Islamic system and its protection", while stating that "the Islamic system (in Afghanistan) was born with the blessing of many sacrifices, exhaustion and martyrdom of the people". "We protected the struggle of jihad against dozens of occupying countries," he stressed.

Thus, he indicated that "if (the occupation) had continued for 40 years, the struggle would have continued until all the invaders had been defeated and left the country crestfallen". Ajunzada also criticized that "during the last 20 years there has been a lot of propaganda against the Islamic system and the 'sharia'", in reference to the period between the expulsion of the Taliban from power in 2001 and their return to Kabul in August 2021.

"Laws made by individuals are not applicable. In the Islamic Emirate, the mandate belongs to God alone and the solution to all problems is in the 'sharia'. Let us take all decisions from the 'sharia'. The sovereignty of the Islamic Emirate is under the orders of God and is not decided by people's requests according to their mood nor is it a republic," he said.

Ajunzada also demanded that "all rights be given to women" within the framework of the 'sharia' and asked that "leaders should not be insulted, because he who insults the 'sharia' will be insulted by God". The Taliban leader also asked the provincial governors to "coordinate well with the courts, meet their needs and cooperate fully with them in implementing decisions".

Finally, he called for "eliminating nationalism and racism" and stressed that "scholars and imams in mosques should make people aware of the virtues of the Islamic system and attract them to it to keep people away from regionalism and nihilism".

Ajundzada himself issued a decree last week to ban "baseless" criticism against the authorities in Afghanistan arguing that numerous Islamic 'hadiths' stress that such actions deserve punishment. "According to Islamic rules, it is not permissible to make false accusations against the authorities or criticize them on baseless grounds," he said.

The Taliban seized power again in August 2021 after the then president, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country in the face of the insurgents' advance toward the capital, Kabul, amid the withdrawal of international troops.

The fundamentalists have installed a government marked by a lack of women and representatives of other political groups, while facing domestic and international criticism for limiting the rights of the population, especially women and girls.

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