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Mullah Omar warns Taliban to protect Afghan civilians or face sharia punishment.

Islamabad, Nov 5 (ANI): Taliban's supreme cleric Mullah Omar has warned that his group's soldiers would face sharia justice if they kill or injure innocent Afghan civilians without taking precautions.

In his1,800-word statement, he said the protection of civilians should be given the utmost importance, The Guardian reports.

Human rights workers described the statement, published in five languages on Friday to mark the Islamic festival of Eid, as extremely significant. They said it went into far more detail about the issue than any other previous pronouncement.

The mujahideen, as the rebels style themselves, are ordered to "take every step to protect the lives and wealth of ordinary people".

"Scholars should be employed every now and then to preach protection of civilian life, wealth and honour to mujahideen and promote virtue ... All civilian casualties which are caused or are believed to be caused by mujahideen should be reported to the superiors," the decree said.

It also called for investigations by the movement's "legal offices" of cases where locals say civilians have been hurt by landmines, suicide bombings or other attacks.

"If it is irrefutably proven that the blood of innocent Muslims is spilled by the negligence of mujahideen then a penalty should be implemented in accordance with sharia," the statement added.

The family of the victims should also be compensated, it suggested. (ANI)

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