ISLAMABAD : The Taliban have arrested a well-known Afghan fashion model and three of his colleagues, accusing them of disrespecting Islam and the Quran, the Muslim holy book, according to videos released by Afghanistan’s new rulers.
Ajmal Haqiqi also known for his fashion shows, YouTube clips and modeling events; appeared handcuffed in videos posted on Twitter by the Taliban intelligence agency on Tuesday.
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In one widely circulated and contentious video, Haqiqi is seen laughing as his colleague Ghulam Sakhi — who is known to have a speech impediment that he uses for humor — recites verses of the Quran in Arabic, in a comical voice.
After the arrests, the Taliban also released a video of Haqiqi and his colleagues; seen standing in light brown jail uniforms and apologizing to the Taliban government and religious scholars.
The video accompanied by a tweet in the Dari language, saying ; “No one is allow to insult Quranic verses or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.”
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Later Wednesday, Amnesty International released a statement, urging the Taliban to “immediately and unconditionally” release Haqiqi and his colleagues.
Amnesty has documented several arbitrary detentions by the Taliban in Afghanistan, often accompanied by coerced statements in an attempt to stifle dissent in the country and deter others from expressing their views.