South Asia

Taliban Publicly Execute Convicted Murderer in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers Wednesday carried out the first public execution of a man charged with murder since returning to power, applying their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia, to criminal justice. Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the early morning execution had taken place in a sports stadium in …

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Taliban Claim Arrest of IS Gunman in Attack on Pakistan Envoy

Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities said Monday they had arrested a foreign operative of the Islamic State militant group for allegedly carrying out last week’s failed assassination attempt on Pakistan’s chief diplomat in the country. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed in a statement, citing initial investigations, that Friday’s gun assault on Pakistani …

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Pakistan’s Top Diplomat in Afghanistan Survives Assassination Attempt

Pakistan’s chief diplomat in Afghanistan survived an assassination attempt Friday, but his security guard was critically injured. Sources say Chargé d’affaires Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani was on a routine afternoon walk on his residential lawn inside the sprawling embassy compound when unknown gunmen from a nearby building opened fire on him. The …

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