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Response of the spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding a picture published by Time (magazine)

August 7, 2010

The following statement was issued by Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, an official spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban), and refers to a photo/text article appearing in Time Magazine, Jul. 29, 2010. Click magazine cover to access this article.
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Response of the spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding a picture published by Time (magazine)
Source:  Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
August 7, 2010  16:26  Qari Yousuf Ahmadi

Time magazine has recently published a picture of an Afghan women Aisha, and described her horrifying story which is connected to the Taliban under the title ‘Afghan women and the return of the Taliban’.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rejects this fabrication by the Americans, who are publishing these lies to divert attention of the people from their clear and disgraceful defeat.

This propaganda by Time magazine has shown the whole world the lengths world media will go to please America even at the cost of their Journalistic integrity.

This picture published by Time magazine and the barbaric story wrongly attached to the Islamic Emirate is not only false but publishing these images are against the morals and ethics of professional journalism. A lot of journalists worldwide have condemned this act of Time magazine and called it a crime against journalism.

As far as the story of Aisha is concerned, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has condemned this barbaric, inhumane and unislamic act and declare that this case has never been forwarded to any court or persons of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan uses Shariate law to solve any internal or human rights issues. Shariate law promotes peace and justice to the society, not hatred and cruelty.

In sacred Islamic law, cutting of human ears and noses whether the human is alive or dead is illegal and prohibited. In many hadith from Muhammad PBUH, cutting of noses, ears and lips of a dead unbeliever is prohibited so how can the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan carry this act out especially when the person to whom it is done is alive and Muslim? Under shariate law if someone carries out this heinous act, the same thing will be done to the criminal that carried out this act.

Nevertheless, we sympathize with our sister Aisha and call this atrocious act a crime against humanity and against Shariate law.

We call on Time and other western media to stop trampling on their own moral principles, just to hide and divert people’s attention from America’s military and political defeat by publishing such fabrications.

We also call on Afghani media to stop spreading the lies of Islam hating western media by becoming their translators. Journalism is an important duty so stop wrongly using it.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan


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