Taliban fighters tortured a man believed to be a critic of the new government in Afghanistan.
Disturbing footage shows the militants hanging the man upside down and beating him as he cried out in pain in an unknown location in Afghanistan.
The flogging is one of the numerous displays of Taliban violence in recent weeks, signaling the hardline movement’s apparent return to their draconian policies two decades earlier.
The Taliban has also revived its Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice on September 17, replacing Afghanistan’s Women’s Affairs Ministry.
The agency had previously existed during the Taliban regime in the 1990’s, during which morality police were deployed to enforce the Taliban’s extreme interpretation of Sharia law. Punishments ranged from flogging, amputations, and even execution, depending on the perceived severity of the offence.