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The new life of a Taliban commander: ordering suicide bombings to police chief in Kabul


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Mawlawi Zubair Mutmaeen, a commander taliban in charge of platoons of suicide bombers in Acceptance, is now a police chief of the new regime of Afghanistan in charge of security in a district of the capital.

But according to Mutmaeen, 39, with a black turban and beard, the change is not very great either: previously the Americans and the Afghans who worked with them were legitimate targets for the Taliban in their fight for a true Islamic order, and now his policing in the community serves the same goal, he argues. «Previously I served Islam, and now I am also serving Islam. There is no difference “, he affirms in declarations to ‘The Wall Street Journal’.

This American newspaper collects one of the tasks to which the former commander is now dedicated: mediation in a marital dispute. A woman dressed in a burkaShe relates, complaining that she could no longer live with her nosy mother-in-law. Clearly used to being in command, Mutmaeen instructed the husband that, according to Islamic law, he was to provide his wife with “shelter and other basic necessities.” The solution of the now police chief was for the mother to move to the house of her other son. After some coaxing, the husband reluctantly agreed.

No salary or training

The Taliban turned into police officers, explains ‘The Wall Street Journal’, do not receive a salary or training for their new functions. It is unclear what standards they enforce other than the ‘sharia‘, Islamic law.

The penal code of the Afghan republic supported by the US, repealed by the new Islamic ’emirate’ on August 15, may or may not be applied, and the Taliban say their goal is to return to the 1964 constitution, in the It belonged to King Zahir Shah, except for the clauses that they consider to be contrary to Islam.

Islamic law derived from Koran and of the sayings and deeds of the prophet MuhammadIt covers both criminal and civil cases, as well as moral conduct, and includes harsh penalties for minor offenses, such as flogging for adultery and cutting off a hand for theft. In their previous period in power, between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban attracted worldwide attention for applying this type of punishment. Most Muslim-majority countries today do not apply them, recalls the aforementioned newspaper.

The Taliban, a guerrilla group with tens of thousands of fighters, ruled only remote rural areas until this year and infantrymen received no formal pay, although they earned irregular income through spoils of war. The combatants say they were supported by other family members who had paid employment.

Now that the war is over, the Taliban have to find a way to get these men onto the government payroll, at a time when the Afghan Administration’s coffers are empty, most foreign aid is on hold and some $ 9 billion in assets of the Afghan central bank are frozen.

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