Afghan Taliban vow to punish those responsible for lynching woman

Term the act as a conspiracy to mislead people about Islamic injunction

Tahir Khan March 24, 2015
People protesting against the lynching of Farkhunda. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: As protests for lynching an Afghan woman over the false accusation of blasphemy in Kabul continue, Afghan Taliban vowed on Tuesday to punish those responsible for her brutal murder.

Farkhunda, 27, was lynched on Thursday by an angry crowd in central Kabul for allegedly burning a copy of Quran.

Terming the act as a conspiracy to mislead people about Islamic injunction, the Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said, “It is now proven that it was a conspiracy by few individuals. The Islamic Emirate condemns those who hatched this conspiracy to misuse Quran for killing an innocent human being. We also convey condolences to her family.”

Read: Afghan mob lynches, burns woman to death in Kabul



In a statement issued in Pashto language, the spokesperson said, "We believe that thousands such people have returned to Afghanistan with the American invasion, who are bent upon misleading the people about Islamic injunctions."

Announcing the severe punishment for those involved in the heinous act, the group said the punishment would serve as deterrence against repetition of any such acts.

"We have decided to give severe punishment to those who are behind the killing of the innocent woman, provoked people for their sinister designs, and misused Quran for personal motives to avoid repetition of such incidents in future."



According to Afghan media reports, Farkhunda was killed in the presence of several policemen, who instead of saving the women acted as mere spectators.

In a statement on Sunday, the Afghan interior ministry said 13 police officers had been suspended, including the police chief responsible for the area. More than a dozen other people were arrested over the incident.



Afghan Interior Minister Noorulhaq Ulumi told the parliament on Monday that Farkhunda was innocent.

She was a teacher of Quran and she could not commit such a crime, her family was quoted as saying.

Read: Afghan woman lynched over Quran-burning was innocent: minister


ggriselda | 6 years ago | Reply Did the Taliban spokesman who promised revenge for this Islamist killing of an innocent woman, happen to provide his GPS coordinates? If he didn't, could someone ask him for that please? Thanks..
Zafar | 6 years ago | Reply I am sure everyone's laughing like me, Taliban talking to defend the rights of innocent civilian being killed.
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