Karzai condemns stoning of Afghan couple

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 16:16

Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Tuesday condemned as "unforgivable" the stoning to death of a young couple by the Taliban which evoked memories of their repressive Islamist regime.

Local authorities said the Taliban killed the man and
woman in a remote village in the northeastern province of
Kunduz on Sunday for allegedly having an affair.

"President Hamid Karzai condemned the stoning to death
of two youths by the Taliban in Kunduz, deeming it
unforgivable," his office said.

The statement said the pair "were supposed to get
married", adding that Karzai had ordered security officials to
bring the culprits to justice.

Local authorities said a 23-year-old woman and
28-year-old man were killed in public because "they had an
affair".

Abdul Satar, a resident of Mullah Quli village, told
AFP that about 100 people, most of them Taliban insurgents,
gathered Sunday evening as a statement was read out saying the
pair had confessed to their affair.
The couple had their hands bound behind their backs
and were forced to stand in an empty field as their sentence
was carried out, he said.
Human rights group Amnesty International said it was
the first stoning it could confirm in Afghanistan since the
Taliban were overthrown from power by the US-led invasion in
late 2001.

PTI




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