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Afghan Authorities Launch Probe Into Woman's Public Execution

Taliban Execution Of Woman Sparks Outragei
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July 09, 2012
A 22-year-old woman identified as Najiba, accused of adultery, was allegedly shot by the Taliban last week in front of villagers in Parwan Province, just north of the capital, Kabul. The apparent execution was caught on video obtained by Reuters. (Please note: the original video has been edited due to graphic images.)
The apparent execution of a 22-year-old woman was caught on video obtained by Reuters. (Please note: the original video has been edited due to graphic images.)
Afghan authorities say an investigation has been launched in a bid to apprehend the Taliban militants responsible for the alleged public execution of a woman accused of adultery in northern Afghanistan.

International and Afghan outrage has been mounting over the alleged shooting death, which was captured in a video obtained by the Reuters news agency.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi on July 9 pledged a thorough government probe to find those who perpetrated the alleged atrocity.

"We are going to investigate thoroughly this video and we will find those culprits and those Taliban who are behind this act of violence, terrorism, and brutal act," Sediqi said. "There is no definition, no meaning for this any more."

In a written statement on July 9, Afghan President Hamid Karzai termed the killing a heinous and unforgivable crime.

"Such a crime is unforgivable in the sacred religion of Islam and the laws of the country," Karzai's statement said.

READ: Provincial governor insists Taliban who killed woman are a recent arrival

NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, U.S. General John Allen, called the killing "an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty."

In London, Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "shocked and disgusted" by the reports.

Earlier, the Afghan government condemned the act as "un-Islamic and inhuman."

Video of the alleged execution-style killing shows a woman being shot in the back of the head before a cheering crowd of villagers.

The incident allegedly occurred in a remote region in Parwan Province, some 100 kilometers north of the capital, Kabul.

A female Afghan lawmaker, Fawzia Koofi, condemned the execution and questioned how it could happen so close to the capital and in front of so many people.

Koofi, who has stated her intention to run for president in 2014, said the execution came under the watch of a government that has claimed to have done so much for women. 

A video shows a man pointing a rifle at a 22-year-old woman named as Najiba, who is sitting at the edge of a ditch shortly before being shot in the village of Qol.
A video shows a man pointing a rifle at a 22-year-old woman named as Najiba, who is sitting at the edge of a ditch shortly before being shot in the village of Qol.

The head of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, Musa Mahmoudi, said, "This shows that women are still the first victims of violence in Afghanistan, despite efforts being done to reduce it."  

Public punishments like the execution were carried out during the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule of Afghanistan.

Analysts say the case also raises concerns about the treatment of Afghan women nearly 11 years after U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban regime from Kabul.

Shajan Yazdanparast, the head of women's affairs for Parwan Province, said women had already suffered enough under Taliban rule.

"We have had a very bad experience of Taliban in the past several years. Everyone is in shock and scared that, God forbid, if the Taliban return, what will happen," Yazdanparast said.

Women "suffered socially, psychologically, and they could not study during their time [in power]," Yazdanparast added.

Violence against women has increased sharply in the past year, according to Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission.

Earlier in the week, a woman and two of her children were beheaded in eastern Afghanistan by a man police said was her husband.  It was the latest in a series of so-called honor killings.

Women's Gains At Risk?

Afghan women have won back rights in education, voting, and work since the Taliban was driven from power in late 2001 by U.S.-backed Afghan forces. 

Now many fear those rights could be put at risk by reconciliation talks between the government and the Taliban.

At an international donors conference in Tokyo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an appeal for women's rights in Afghanistan.

"The United States believes strongly that no nation can achieve peace, stability and economic growth if half the population is not empowered," Clinton said. 
"All citizens need to have the chance to benefit from and contribute to Afghanistan's progress. The United States will continue to stand strongly by the women of Afghanistan," she added.

The governor of Parwan Province, Basir Salangi, said the video was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari district.

Salangi said two Taliban commanders were sexually involved with the woman, either through rape or romantically, and decided to torture her and kill her to settle their dispute. 

However, a Taliban spokesman told the dpa news agency its militants were not involved. 

The German agency notes Parwan has seen a rise in violence recently, with the Taliban taking over villages in at least two districts.

Some Afghans still turn to Taliban courts for settling disputes, as many view government bodies as corrupt or unreliable. The Taliban courts use Shari'a, which prescribes punishments such as stoning and executions.

A Parwan provincial spokeswoman, Roshno Khalid, told the AFP news agency late on July 8 that "security forces are preparing a big operation to find the culprits."

With reporting by AFP, dpa, and Reuters
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by: Jack from: US
July 09, 2012 01:05
US government reserves very strong words for the enemies of Wahhabi Islam, for example for president of Syria Assad, for president of Russia Putin, for Christians everywhere. But as far as Taliban, all that Hillary said was that "she supports women's rights in Afghanistan". Obviously US government is mostly satisfied with Taliban, Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and other fiends and allies of US government

by: james r. from: usa, new castle pa
July 09, 2012 01:52
Where is Hillary Clinton?, why! isn't the U.S. Secretary Of State making one of her infamously loud in amplitude, long of winded speeches! about whom?, is going to pay for this injustice. Oops Hillary was too busy walking hand-in-hand with Corrupt! Hamid Karzai to a Donors Conference for 16 billion dollar paday.

by: Jack from: US
July 09, 2012 03:32
This is a NATO conspiracy by US, the enemy of all Christians. Either this never happened or this woman got what she deserves for being an adulteress.

by: Anonymous
July 09, 2012 08:20
you cannot bring about a change in mentalities with millions/billions of dollars. societies have to change from within.
people have to be fed up with executions of women, etc. soldiers from NATO-nations scarcely make a difference.
Karzai and others in the Afghan government like to condemn these horrendous actions with words. nevertheless, it's rare that you read about someone having been punished with a jail sentence.
As known, there are very many problems in Europe, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Georgia, in North America, etc.
Politicians should rethink their strategies. Billions of dollars, hundreds of soldiers killed. Wonder if the lately announced steps will make a difference. Until now, not so many things have changed in Afghanistan.
Still, people should not give up! let's see whether the culprits can be found.
Of course, this process is long. Still, why not send troops from other nations, if necessary. Besides, why do Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Morocco, Algeria, Indonesia, Malaysia do not send troops and money?
Could be perceived differently.
In addition, why not send people from Islamic universities to Afghanistan to educate some of radical elements in Afghan society. Maybe some discussions about Islamic law wouldn't be bad, if universal human rights are rejected (as supposedly Western, etc.).
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by: Arabian the defender from: Last human land
July 09, 2012 10:31
Europe let whores and prostitutes free. And now we can say half of Europe is son of Because they had let unmarried-couples, to have children. God created humen race. And wants them marry with each other. Killing is not good a punishing type . But rejecting God's orders is not good too. Humen must save God's orders. America killed thousands of women and children in Afganistan. Who cares this ? They did not make prostitution !
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by: Najiba
July 09, 2012 18:43
Karzai's the biggest pimp of them all!!!
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by: Anonymous
July 10, 2012 17:43
Very interestingly, many Arabian defenders do not live in Arab societies but prefer living in North America, Europe, Australia...
Some Arab defenders reject the freedom of women and women's rights but love prostitutes and European Non-Muslim women. Many are married still they commit adultery. Kind of hypocrisy? get the idea? Many Muslim (but of course also Christian, Jewish, Hindu, etc.) societies are very hypocritical.
To state that there is no prostitution Afghanistan and Arab societies just reflects your ignorance on the subject. Read about the situation of women in Libanon, Afghanistan, etc. In Libanon Asian women are not even allowed into certain bars. Arabs like to buy them but in some places you read signs like "not entrance for Asians and dogs" (see France 24 and Arab sites...).
In Afghanistan some widows have to sell their body for some bread and vegetables to survive.
So, before you start condemning the "West" as homogenous entity think twice and check what's wrong in Islamic societies and whether in certain cultures everything is the same. Surely not.
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by: Spashead from: Brisbane, Aussie
July 13, 2012 07:54
I agree with Anonymous, our dearly beloved prophet once quoted "he who has not sinned, throw the first stone" - believe that too, was about a prostitute about to be stoned

by: Kafantaris from: USA
July 09, 2012 10:04
More proof that the Taliban are still savages and should be deemed as such by Afghanistan as well as Pakistan.
Indeed, they are a destabilizing force in both countries and should be dealt with accordingly -- with force -- the only thing the Taliban ever understood.

by: ocwildchild from: USA
July 09, 2012 13:02
If Afghanistan men used ancient laws to manipulate their desires to have sex with any women, there should also activate the same ancient law to have penectomies done unto them because no lifetime jail sentence equate to justice for the poor woman that was executed.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 09, 2012 15:29
German media published another VIDEO that demonstrates how the US fights the insurgency in Afghanistan:
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 09, 2012 17:26
Konstantin, thank you for the link. It reminds me of my own grandfather fighting the Jews in Sudetenland.

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