Mullah Omar warns Taliban to protect Afghan civilians or face sharia punishment.
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)
Copyright 2011 Asian News International (ANI) - All Rights Reserved.
Provided by Syndigate.info an Albawaba.com company
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Publication:||Asian News International|
|Date:||Nov 5, 2011|
|Previous Article:||Pak moving 'mated' nuclear weapons on congested roads to hide them from US, Indian spy agencies.|
|Next Article:||'Strauss-Kahn took prostitute to IMF office in Washington'.|