Women’s magazine editor arrested

By The Associated Press

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

KABUL — The editor of an Afghan women’s rights magazine was jailed after a presidential adviser accused him of publishing un-Islamic material — including an article critical of the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, officials said Friday.

Minority Shiite Muslim clerics in Kabul objected to that article and another in the monthly Haqooq-i-Zan — or Women’s Rights — that argued that giving up Islam was not a crime. Police arrested the magazine’s editor, Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, on Saturday.

Late last week, the clerics approached Mohaiuddin Baluch, religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, who said he forwarded the magazines to the Supreme Court.

“I took the two magazines and spoke to Supreme Court chief, who wrote to the attorney general to investigate,” Baluch told The Associated Press. Baluch said the articles were directly against the principles of the Quran.

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