The Taliban murdered famous folk singer Fawad Andarabi, CNN reported, citing its own sources. The musician was dragged out of his home in a Bahglan commission and shot dead. Earlier, Taliban fighters announced that “Islam prohibits music in public places.”
Fawad Andarabani’s death was reported by his relatives. They reported to Indian Times Now that he was killed on Saturday. According to their accounts, the Taliban broke into his home, dragged him outside, and shot him on a family farm in the Andarab Valley in northern Baghlan province. “He was innocent, he just entertained people,” Andarabani’s son, Jawad, told the Associated Press.
American television CNN reported about the singer’s death, citing a local journalist whom she managed to contact. The station also stated that it had not been able to confirm the circumstances of the singer’s murder in other sources, but cited the entry of the former Afghan interior minister Massoud Andarabi, who also comes from the Bahglan province. The politician spoke publicly about the death of the musician.
“Taliban brutality in Andaraba continues. Today (August 28) they brutally killed folk singer Fawad Andarabi, who simply brought joy to this valley and its inhabitants. As he sang” our beautiful valley … the land of our ancestors … will not succumb to the brutality of the Taliban “- he wrote on Twitter former head of the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
The assassination raised concerns about a return to the harsh form of Taliban-imposed rule when they last controlled Afghanistan in 1996-2001. At that time, the Taliban banned music in public places, citing Islam, she told CNN.
Taliban spokesman “expressed hope”
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid recalled that music is forbidden in Islam and assured at the same time. – I hope that we will be able to convince people of this position rather than force them to adopt it.
However, rights defenders are wary of such declarations and fear that the Taliban will “crack down” on artists, CNN said.
UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights Karim Bennoune and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom Deeyah Khan expressed “serious concern” about reports of the “horrific” killing of Andarabi, urging governments to demand that the Taliban respect the human rights of artists.
Near the place of fights
The Andarab Valley is located next to the Panjsheru Valley, controlled by Ahmad Masud. He is the son of Ahmad Shah Masud, the leader of the Mujahideen and the Northern Alliance, killed in 2001, who fought against the Soviet invasion and the post-communist government of Mohamed Najibullah, and then the Taliban. Until recently, battles between the Northern Alliance and Taliban fighters also took place in the Andarab Valley.
Taliban commanders informed CNN that they had made an agreement to stop the offensive action, but the Northern Alliance has not confirmed this.
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