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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Quote of the day

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The words of an Afghan lawyer, Belquis Ahmadi, ring true concerning the Taliban Period:

“Afghan women have lost lives, family members, basic human rights, human dignity and the right to be respected. Soon they might lose something that destroys humanity. They might lose hope.”

People outside Afghanistan always ask me:
"Has the situation got better for Afghan women?"

Some things have improved.
Some are still the same.
A lot more must be done.

Stoned to death for committing adultery

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia: Dylan Welch
April 3, 2008

A man and a woman have reportedly been stoned to death by the Taliban after being found guilty of adultery by a tribal court in Pakistan's border region.

The stoning was carried out in a tribal area on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan where the Taliban has a strong presence, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.

The killings are the first recorded incident of death by stoning by the militants, who usually put accused before firing squads, the newspaper stated.

The pair had been captured by the Taliban after eloping about two weeks ago from a border area known as the Mohmand Agency.

They tried the couple, found them guilty and sentenced them to death by stoning.

After the executions were carried out the man's body was handed over to his relatives. The body of the woman was buried in the area by local people, the newspaper stated.

posted by Travis, 10:33 am


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