A Christian persecution watchdog group warned Tuesday that Afghanistan’s new Taliban government considers the country’s remaining Christians to be apostates, punishable by the death penalty.
“Christians who remain in Afghanistan are at risk of being hunted down and killed by the Taliban now that the Islamist group has regained control of the country and, on 7 September, announced the formation of a new government,” the Barnabas Fund declared.
The new government has made it clear that it intends to rule according to a strict interpretation and application of Islamic law.
“In the future, all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia,” said Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada in a statement Tuesday, a stipulation that renders Christians’ lives forfeit.
Since Afghan Christians are first-generation converts, they, together with their children, “will be considered apostates (murtadd) from Islam” and are