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The Taliban Is Openly Executing Artists And Musicians!

The Taliban has promised the Biden Administration that they are going to be nice this time, but apparently the ones who are now running the country didn’t get the message. Apparently, the Taliban executed an Afghan folk singer just days after the terrorist group declared that “music is forbidden in Islam” as noted by the New York Post.

The man’s name was Fawad Andarabi, and his family told the Associated Press that he had been shot dead Friday when the radical Islam “eforcers returned to his home after searching it earlier and even drinking some tea with him.”

“They shot him in the head on the farm,” Jawad, the folk singer’s son, said regarding his father’s execution in that Andarabi Valley-which incidentally had been named after the folk singer-the paper reported.

“The man was innocent, a singer who was just entertaining people,” Andarabi’s son continued, and the Post noted that this folk singer noted that he was a member of a group of artists that played a bowed lute called a ghichak and sang traditional songs about his native Afghanistan.

More from the paper:

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 60 miles north of Kabul.

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.

“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.”

So now the Taliban are going to start killing artists and musicians, eh? Yeah, President Biden, they are definitely real wonderful individuals that you and your cabinet members should work with and trust….NOT!

“Taliban’s brutality continues in Andarab. Today they brutally killed folkloric singer, Fawad Andarabi who simply was brining [sic] joy to this valley and its people,” Masoud Andarabi tweeted. “As he sang here ‘our beautiful valley….land of our forefathers…’ will not submit to Taliban’s brutality.”

What Else?

Karima Bennoune is the United Nations special reporter on cultural rights and she said that she felt “grave concern” when it came to Andarabi’s killing, as reported by the Post.

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

As secretary-general of Amnesty International, Agnes Callamard has an important job to do. She tweeted that in regard to Andarabi’s reported executions that “there is mounting evidence that the Taliban of 2021 is the same as the intolerant, violent, repressive Taliban of 2001. 20 years later, nothing has changed on that front.” We all need to be thankful that we are Americans and that we have freedom of speech, that is for sure.


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