ISLAMABAD — The Taliban have arrested a widely known Afghan trend mannequin and three of his colleagues, accusing them of disrespecting Islam and the Quran, the Muslim holy guide, in keeping with movies launched by Afghanistan’s new rulers.
Ajmal Haqiqi — recognized for his trend exhibits, YouTube clips and modeling occasions — appeared handcuffed in movies posted on Twitter by the Taliban intelligence company on Tuesday.
In a single broadly circulated and contentious video, Haqiqi is seen laughing as his colleague Ghulam Sakhi — who is understood to have a speech obstacle that he makes use of for humor — recites verses of the Quran in Arabic, in a comical voice.
After the arrests, the Taliban launched a video of Haqiqi and his colleagues, seen standing in gentle brown jail uniforms and apologizing to the Taliban authorities and non secular students.
The video was accompanied by a tweet within the Dari language, saying: “Nobody is allowed to insult Quranic verses or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.”
Later Wednesday, Amnesty Worldwide launched a press release, urging the Taliban to “instantly and unconditionally” launch Haqiqi and his colleagues.
Amnesty has documented a number of arbitrary detentions by the Taliban in Afghanistan, typically accompanied by coerced statements in an try and stifle dissent within the nation and deter others from expressing their views.
Samira Hamidi, Amnesty’s South Asia campaigner, denounced the arrests and stated that by detaining “Haqiqi and his colleagues and coercing them into apologizing,” the Taliban have undertaken “a blatant assault on the suitable to freedom of expression.” Her assertion additionally condemned the Taliban’s “continued censorship of those that want to freely specific their concepts.”
In Kabul, Taliban officers didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark and it was not clear what measures the mannequin and his colleagues face beneath the Taliban-run judiciary.
The households of the arrested fashions may additionally not instantly be reached for remark.
Since they seized energy final August in Afghanistan throughout the ultimate weeks of the U.S. troop pullout from the nation, the Taliban have imposed strict measures and edicts in keeping with their harsh interpretation of Islamic legislation, notably curbing the rights of girls and minorities.
The strikes have raised worldwide issues that the novel Islamic group intends to rule because it did the final time the Taliban held energy in Afghanistan, within the late Nineteen Nineties. The Taliban take into account criticism and something perceived as disrespectful of Islam as a punishable crime.
Amnesty stated that since their takeover, the Taliban “have been utilizing intimidation, harassment, and violence on anybody who has expressed help for human rights or trendy values, particularly human rights defenders, girls activists, journalists, and members of academia amongst others.”
The rights group additionally urged the Taliban because the de facto authority in Afghanistan to “abide by worldwide human rights legislation and respect everybody’s proper to freedom of expression with out discrimination.”