Family of Beloved Afghan Folk Singer Says He Was Executed After Taliban Banned Music

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On Monday, the U.S. pulled out the last of its troops in Afghanistan, officially ended a 20-year war that began following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Prior to the withdrawal, the Taliban, the group that had been ruling Afghanistan before it was targeted by the U.S. for harboring the terrorists who plotted the 9/11 attacks, executed a shockingly swift military campaign across the country, seizing control yet again.

Afghans and the global community alike already knew what to expect from this new regime, which controlled the country from 1996 until 2001.

Although Taliban officials has promised a more “inclusive” version of their previously imposed sharia law, there have been reports for weeks of Taliban fighters quickly imposing the same old regime, such as going door-to-door to recruit women and girls to force into marriage, permitted by their religion as the spoils of war.

There have also been reports of Christians being executed, a woman set on fire for bad cooking, and a gay man raped and beaten, all reportedly at the hands of Taliban fighters.

Now, the family of a celebrated Afghan folk singer says he has been killed after the Taliban banned music.

Just the News reported:

Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi was executed by the Taliban, days after the militants searched his home and drank tea with him, his family said.

“He was innocent, a singer who only was entertaining people,” Andarabi’s son, Jawad, told the Associated Press. “They shot him in the head on the farm.”

Andarabi played a bowed lute called the ghichak and sang traditional songs about the country and his people.

The family’s farm is in the Andarabi Valley, where the family got their name, which is 60 miles north of Kabul, near the mountainous Panjshir province, the only one not under control of the Taliban.

Former Afghan interior minister, Masoud Andarabi (no relation to the singer), condemned the slaying on Twitter as indicative of the Taliban’s brutality.

Consistent with overtures on the part of the Taliban’s public face that the new regime will strive to play by the rules of the global community, a spokesperson for the group told the AP that they’ll investigate the shooting.

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