Taliban chop off thief's hand: officials

Taliban militants use butcher's knife to chop hand off man as people watch in a self-appointed court in Orakzai.

Afp January 05, 2011

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants used a butcher's knife to chop off the hand of a man convicted of theft in a self-appointed court in Pakistan's northwest, residents and officials said Wednesday.

Dozens of people reportedly gathered to watch the punishment meted out in the district of Orakzai, part of Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border that Washington has branded the global headquarters of al Qaeda.

Abdul Khaliq, 31, had his right hand sliced off at the wrist on Monday after a Taliban court found him guilty of stealing from a shop on December 23, residents said.

Taliban used the public address system of a mosque to invite residents to watch. Khaliq was brought out blindfolded to an intersection, his right hand placed on a wooden block and then chopped off, an intelligence official said.

Residents said he was taken to a local dispensary to have his wound bandaged.

The incident took place in Mamozai town, which lies outside government control, a local administration official in the neighbouring town of Hangu told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another intelligence official said the Taliban stepped in following a formal complaint from a shopkeeper.

Khaliq, who is a father of two, has since left the village, residents said.

The Taliban  have carved out sanctuaries in the Pakistan's semi-autonomous northwest tribal belt from where they are fanning the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.


Ameer Hamza | 10 years ago | Reply What are our Intelligence units doing in these areas? Travelling by black tinted VIGOs? Or using their laptops to tell their officers back in Islamabad that they just saw someone chopping off someone's head or a hand, as it were. I am sure Zardari has completely failed us, just like BB and Nawaz did years ago. But where is the military. I am afraid to say that they can also be called a failed and failing departments. Otherwise, how do you think anyone, Taliban or no Taliban, do whatever they wish to. Sure enough people within the Army and Intelligence are backing them up. So we are likely to see more chops. God Forbid.
Aamir Ali | 10 years ago | Reply Taliban kangaroo courts metes out injustice.
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