Friday, June 18, 2010

Afghanistan Taliban Deny Allegations Local Commanders Executed 7-year old Boy for Spying

Below is a statement from the Afghan Taliban, which refers to itself as the "Islamic Emirate [state] of Afghanistan" (as it did in the 1990s). The statement is run without edits.

Remarks of M. Yousuf Ahmadi about Reports of Execution
of a 7-years Old Boy in Sangin District

Rajab 03, 1431 A.H, Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

A few days ago, a person, Daoud Ahmadi, who was speaking on behalf of the stooge government administration in Helmand province, told media that Taliban had executed a 7-years old boy in Sangin district on charges of spying.

He was quoting unknown sources for his claim. But still some media outlets published his unsubstantiated assertions without first verifying them–even some media outfits have been harping on the subject incessantly since then.

After the publishing of the report in printed and electronic media, the Islamic Emirate Leadership contacted provincial leaders of Jihad, asking them for further and detailed information of the event. Similarly, the Islamic Emirate officials contacted local people to know about this grisly rumor and after full investigation by the Islamic Emirate, it became clear that no event of execution had taken place in Sangin and other adjoining districts.

The area, Sarvan Kala, where the event has allegedly been happened according to the enemy claims, is actually a valley located between Sangin and Kajaki districts. It is completely under the control of the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate. A judiciary and other administrative structure of the Islamic Emirate is now in place there, running daily affairs according to the Sharia laws. to find solution for problems of the local residents. However, the local courts are not allowed as per the rule to carry out execution without obtaining prior permission of the leadership of the Islamic Emirate or provincial chief judge.

Saravan Kala enjoys complete peace and security since its coming in the hands of the Mujahideen. No attack by the enemy has taken place in the area which would have necessitated to point to a possibility of spying by some one in the area. Nothing such has happened. This proves in itself the enemy claims are a bunch of lies. In fact, the enemy is facing regular defeats on the battle field. So it has focused on making up empty stories for psychological impact. These cock and bull stories are creation of their deceptive imaginations.

Journalists are eyes of the society. But why they do not bother to investigate and verify reports before publishing them and why they have been raking up the issues constantly for days. There is no private or government reporter in Saravan Kala. The local people have neither seen nor heard about the event, then how the media justify their publishing this fatuous and baseless report.

Recently, it has come to notice that the enemy is resorting to maligning campaign about areas under the control of the Mujahideen. So we urge all journalists to be more cautious and investigative about reports, particularly about malicious reports, before publishing them. They should not take the government‘s painting of events or claims for granted. If they do, their conscience and ethics of the profession will condemn them and will lose credibility in the eyes of the local Afghan people.
Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi
Spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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