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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 broadly circulated and contentious video, Haqiqi laughs when his colleague Ghulam Sakhi, who is understood 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 people, to esteemed religious scholars and to the 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 active in the media is to seriously avoid 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.
The Taliban, who declare they rule strictly in keeping with Islamic legislation, think about criticism and something perceived as disrespectful of Islam as a punishable crime.