Taliban ‘brutally’ killed a popular Afghan folk singer just days after it said ‘music is forbidden’ in Islam, former minister says

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  • The Taliban killed a famous Afghan folk singer on Saturday, a former interior minister said.
  • Fawad Andarabi was reportedly dragged from his village home and shot dead.
  • The killing follows an interview with a Taliban spokesperson who said, “music is forbidden in Islam.”

The Taliban killed a popular Afghan folk singer just days after the group said it hoped to ban music from being played in public in Afghanistan, according to a former minister.

Fawad Andarabi was “brutally killed” on Saturday, said Masoud Andarabi, who was the Interior Minister under former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, in a Twitter post.

He was reportedly dragged from his village home in Andarab, near the Panjshir Valley, before being shot dead, according to LBC News.

“Today they brutally killed folkloric singer, Fawad Andarabi who was simply brining [sic] joy to the valley and its people,” Masoud Andarabi wrote in a post accompanying a video of the folk singer performing.

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  1. The family of a folk singer north of Kabul say the Taliban killed him.

    The shooting of Fawad Andarabi came in the Andarabi Valley for which he was named, an area of Baghlan province some 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Kabul. The valley had seen upheaval since the Taliban takeover, with some districts in the area coming under the control of militia fighters opposed to the Taliban rule. The Taliban say they have since retaken those areas, though neighbouring Panjshir in the Hindu Kush mountains remains the only one of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces not under its control.

    The Taliban previously came out to Andarabi’s home and searched it, even drinking tea with the musician, his son Jawad Andarabi told the AP. But something changed Friday.

    He was innocent, a singer who only was entertaining people, his son said. They shot him in the head on the farm.

    His son said he wanted justice and that a local Taliban council promised to punish his father’s killer.

    https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2021/08/29/taliban-killed-a-folk-singer-after-drinking-tea-with-him-say-family-members.html

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

    Fawad Andarabi’s family told the Associated Press that he was shot dead Friday when enforcers returned to his home after earlier searching it and even drinking 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 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.

    https://nypost.com/2021/08/30/afghan-folk-singer-fawad-andarabi-killed-by-taliban-for-playing-music/

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