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White House condemns Pakistani woman’s stoning

Taliban suspected of ‘brutal,’ ‘cowardly’ attack

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The Obama administration strongly condemned the stoning death of a woman allegedly by the Taliban in Pakistan.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms the brutal stoning of a woman in Orakzai, Pakistan, allegedly by members of the Pakistani Taliban, which is depicted in a video circulating on the Internet," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Tuesday evening.

He said the attack, which was carried out in the presence of a crowd of onlookers, "violates all norms of human decency and is a chilling example of the cowardly disregard violent extremists have for human life."

The incident, which took place in Orakzai agency in Pakistan's northwest, came to light after a Dubai television station aired a video that purportedly shows the execution.

In the video, turbaned men are seen gathered around a woman with a black hood over her head. They then hurl large rocks at her head until she lies motionless.

The TV station said she was executed because she was seen with a man.

"There is no justification for such barbaric and cruel treatment of a fellow human being," Mr. Crowley said.

The Taliban impose a harsh form of Islamic law or Shariah and punishments often include the amputation of limbs or death.

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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


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