Taliban set up military tribunal to enforce Shariah law in Afghanistan

Untold India November 11, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The interim Taliban administration announced on Wednesday the establishment of a military tribunal to enforce Islamic law in Afghanistan. The tribunal has been formed on the command of supreme leader Hebatullah Akhundzada to enforce “sharia system, divine decrees, and social reform,” Enamullah Samangani, the group’s deputy spokesman, said in a statement. Obaidullah Nezami has been appointed as the tribunal’s chairman, with Seyed Aghaz and Zahed Akhundzadeh serving as deputies, the statement added. According to Samangani, the military tribunal will have the authority to interpret Shariah rulings, issue decrees relevant to Islamic civil laws and jurisprudence in high-level cases, and also register complaints, lawsuits, and petitions against Taliban officials and members of the police, army, and intelligence units. Following the collapse of the Western-backed government and the Taliban’s return to power in August, the legal system remains paralyzed, and Taliban fighters are said to enforce law and order. Meanwhile, the High Directorate of Intelligence, the Taliban intelligence department, said crime rates have dropped, with 82 kidnappers and dozens of thieves apprehended since they took power in August. Earlier, Hassan Akhund, the acting prime minister, directed officials to investigate the case of “arrest and torture” of Allah Gul Mujahid, a former member of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house). This was followed by viral videos of Mujahid being beaten and insulted by the Taliban forces posted on social media.-AA

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UAE foreign minister meets Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Untold India November 10, 20210

ABU DHABI, UAE: The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday met with Bashar al-Assad, head of the Syrian regime in the capital Damascus, in the first high-level visit from the Gulf country since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. The Syrian regime news agency SANA reported that al-Assad received Abdullah bin Zayed, who was accompanied by Emirati Minister of State Khalifa Shaheen, and head of Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, Ali Al-Shamsi. The meeting “dealt with bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields of common interest,” SANA said. According to SANA, al-Assad spoke of “close brotherly relations” with the UAE and what he called “objective and correct stances adopted by the UAE, stressing that it has always stood by the Syrian people.” Bin Zayed, for his part, affirmed his country’s support for efforts aimed at achieving stability in Syria. This is the first official visit by a high-level Emirati official to Syria since the outbreak of the civil war in the country in March 2011. On Dec. 27, 2018, the Gulf state reopened its embassy in Damascus, after seven years of closure at the level of charge d’affairs. In June 2020, the administration of then US President Donald Trump warned Abu Dhabi of the repercussions of the continued normalization of its relations with the Syrian regime, and the possibility of facing sanctions under the Caesar Act, which targets everyone who deals with the Assad regime. Since July, Arab normalization steps with the Syrian regime have accelerated, especially by Jordan, the UAE and Egypt, represented by mutual meetings, agreements and economic understandings. The next Arab League summit in Algeria in March is expected to discuss restoring the membership of Syria, which has been frozen since 2011 due to the violence of the Assad regime against its people. In March 2011, popular protests erupted in Syria, calling for the start of a peaceful transfer of power, but the Assad regime chose to suppress it militarily, which pushed the country into a devastating civil war.-AA

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