by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times
September 1, 2021
AFGHANISTAN – According to US sources it has been confirmed that the Taliban executed Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarab for violating Taliban law that forbids music. Andarab was shot last Friday after Taliban enforcers dragged him from his home.
According to Taliban law, as described by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, “. . . music was being prohibited, as it had been during Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001. Music is forbidden in Islam . . . people will be persuaded not to do such things.” However, some music will be allowed if it is based on Islam.
The Andarab Valley is located 90 miles north of Kabul, next to the Panjshir Valley, where there has been sporadic fighting between the Taliban and an armed coalition of northern militias known as the Northern Alliance since last week.