Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi killed by Taliban for playing music

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Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi killed by Taliban for playing music

An Afghan folk singer has been executed by the Taliban just days after the Islamic fundamentalist group stated that “music is forbidden in Islam,” according to his family.

Fawad Andarabi’s family told The Associated Press that he was shot dead Friday, just days after enforcers had searched his home and drank tea with him.

“They shot him in the head on the farm,” his son, Jawad, said of the killing in the Andarabi Valley for which he was named.

“He was innocent, a singer who only was entertaining people,” the grieving son said of his dad, who played a bowed lute called a ghichak and sang traditional songs about his country.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AP that the insurgents would investigate the incident, but had no other details on the killing in the area about

It came just days after Mujahid told The New York Times that music was being outlawed, just as it had been during the group’s brutal rule from 1996 until 2001.

Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi was reportedly dragged from his house and executed by the Taliban after they outlawed music.
Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi was reportedly dragged from his house and executed by the Taliban after they outlawed music.
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Former Afghani officials have expressed outrage over the killing, saying that the Taliban is still intolerant, violent, repressive Taliban of 2001.
Former Afghani officials have expressed outrage over the killing, saying that the Taliban is still intolerant, violent, repressive Taliban of 2001.
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“Music is forbidden in Islam,” Mujahid told the paper, while insisting, “We’re hoping that we can persuade people not to do such things, instead of pressuring them.”

Afghanistan’s former interior minister, Masoud Andarabi — who is not related — shared footage of the singer performing, saying he was “brutally killed” simply for “bringing joy to this valley and its people.”

“As he sang here ‘our beautiful valley….land of our forefathers’ will not submit to Taliban’s brutality,” he tweeted.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that music is forbidden in Islam and the Taliban hopes to encourage rather than force people to obey.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that music is forbidden in Islam and the Taliban hopes to encourage rather than force people to obey.
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Karima Bennoune, the United Nations special rapporteur on cultural rights, said she had “grave concern” over Andarabi’s killing.

“We call on governments to demand the Taliban respect the #humanrights of #artists,” she tweeted.

Agnes Callamard, the secretary-general of Amnesty International, also decried the killing.

“There is mounting evidence that the Taliban of 2021 is the same as the intolerant, violent, repressive Taliban of 2001,” she tweeted. “Nothing has changed on that front.”

With Post wires

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