The Taliban have detained a well-known Afghan trend mannequin together with three colleagues, accusing them of disrespecting Islam and the Quran.
Ajmal Haqiqi – identified amongst Afghans for his trend reveals, YouTube clips and modeling occasions – appeared handcuffed in movies posted on Tuesday to Twitter by the Taliban’s Normal Directorate of Intelligence, DCI.
In a single extensively circulated and contentious video, Haqiqi laughs when his colleague Ghulam Sakhi, who is thought to have psychological well being points, speaks Arabic verses of the Quran with a comical voice. Sakhi is well-known for having a speech obstacle that he makes use of for humor.
“I apologize to the Afghan folks, to esteemed non secular students and to the federal government of the Islamic Emirate,” Haqiqi stated whereas standing with three different detained colleagues, together with Sakhi. All however Sakhi wore gentle brown uniforms.
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Haqiqi already had apologized in a separate video earlier than he was detained.
“My message to all YouTubers and the youth energetic within the media is to significantly keep away from making any insults to Islamic values,” he added.
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Taliban officers didn’t instantly touch upon the case, and it’s unclear what authorized measures they face.
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The Taliban, who declare they rule strictly in response to Islamic regulation, contemplate criticism and something perceived as disrespectful of Islam as a punishable crime.