ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have detained a well-known Afghan mannequin together with three colleagues, accusing them of disrespecting Islam and the Holy Koran.
Ajmal Haqiqi, identified amongst Afghans for his vogue exhibits, YouTube clips and modeling occasions, appeared in handcuffs in movies posted Tuesday on Twitter by the Taliban’s Common Directorate of Intelligence, DCI.
In a broadly circulated and controversial video, Haqiqi laughs as his colleague Ghulam Sakhi, who is understood to have psychological well being issues, speaks Arabic verses from the Koran in a comedic voice. Sakhi is well-known for having a speech obstacle which he makes use of for humor.
“I apologize to the Afghan folks, esteemed non secular students and the federal government of the Islamic Emirate,” Haqiqi mentioned as he stood with three different detained colleagues, together with Sakhi. All however Sakhi wore gentle brown uniforms.
Haqiqi had already apologized in a separate video earlier than he was detained.
“My message to all YouTubers and younger folks energetic within the media is to noticeably chorus from insulting Islamic values,” he added.
Taliban officers didn’t instantly touch upon the case and it’s unclear what authorized motion they face.
The Taliban, who declare to rule strictly in accordance with Islamic regulation, regard criticism and something perceived as disrespectful of Islam as a punishable offence.