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Taliban ‘justice’.

March 7, 2011

Ghosts of Alexander has an excellent write up on the recent Taliban stoning of a young unmarried couple, transgressing local Pashtun traditions and customs, and enforcing their own puritanical law.


…the elders of the Mullah Quli village in the Archi district responded moderately. They held a meeting in which they decided if Khayyam’s family paid the same $9,000, both Khayyam and Siddiqa would be allowed to return, without retribution. They were invited back.

But the night they returned, the Taliban entered the families’ homes at 2:00 am and forcibly took the couple. The stoning took place that morning. […]

The families did not want this punishment, nor did their respective tribes. But local officials say cousins of the victims were forced to attend the stoning, and nobody in the local police or government attempted to prosecute the stone throwers.

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