The instructions are another sign the Islamist group will adopt fearsome measures similar to their previous rule from 1996 to 2001
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Barbers in parts of Afghanistan have been banned from trimming beards by the Taliban, reports say – as it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law.
The instructions suggest a return to the strict rulings seen when the hardline group was last in power – despite promises of a milder form of government.
Brutal displays of force in public have already taken place since US forces evacuated the country – with four alleged kidnappers hung from a crane on Saturday.
The Taliban’s religious police have reportedly said that any hairdressers in the Helmand province found breaking the beard law will be punished.
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The warning that hairdressers must follow Sharia law for haircuts and beards in a notice posted on salons in the area, according to the BBC.
One barber in Kabul said: “The fighters keep coming and ordering us to stop trimming beards. One of them told me they can send undercover inspectors to catch us.”
Another hairdresser, who runs one of the city’s biggest salons, said he received a call instructing him to “stop following American styles” and not to shave or trim anyone’s beard.
The men displayed over the weekend were strung up from cranes in Herat after being caught at a caught at a checkpoint surrounding the city.
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Sher Ahmad Ammar, deputy governor of Herat, said the men had kidnapped a local businessman and his son, who intended to take them out of the city, he said, when they were seen by patrol.
“Their bodies were brought to the main square and hung up in the city as a lesson for other kidnappers,” the governor said, adding the two kidnapping victims were released unharmed.
Footage of the bloodstained corpse, swinging on the crane was widely shared on social media, showing a note pinned to the man’s chest saying “This is the punishment for kidnapping”.
The display is the most high-profile public punishment since the Taliban swept to power last month, and is another sign the Islamist hardliners will adopt fearsome measures similar to their previous rule from 1996 to 2001.
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And it comes after group chief Mullah Nooruddin Turabi had warned the regime will bring back executions and amputations for petty crimes.
He also warned the world against interfering as he dismissed outrage over executions in the past – some of which took place in front of crowds.
The one-eyed, one-legged fighter, who was the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when the Talbian was last in power, now he defends the barbaric punishments as “necessary for security”.
He said: “Everyone criticised us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments. No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”
Governments around the world previously denounced the Tablian’s public executions – which either took place in Kabul’s sports stadium or on the grounds of the Eid Gah Mosque.