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Dear Visitors, this story comes from a reputable New Zealand news site. The international media has been full of the unverified story of the execution of a pregnant woman by the Taliban. However, this denial should be noted.
I also note that in one version of the story, the woman is pregnant, and in another version, she is 48 years old. The problem with this, is that in Afghanistan the average age of menopause is only 45, and women do not usually conceive past 40. A pregnancy of a 48 year old would be very unusual, even in the West, unless reproductive technologies are used.
The Taliban has denied flogging and executing an Afghan woman for alleged adultery.
Senior officer Abdul Jabar said a 48-year-old widow was given dozens of lashes before being shot dead on Monday (NZT) in the remote Qades district held by militants in northwestern Badghis province.
According to Jabar, the unidentified man who had the alleged affair with the woman had escaped.
NATO has also commented on the allegations, saying it's heard of reports that the woman, a widow, was pregnant when she was whipped 200 times before she was shot by a Taliban commander.
However, the Taliban said it's not behind the Qades execution.
"This is a bad work and we reject it. Whoever has done is not a member of the Taliban and he is trying to defame us," Yousuf said by telephone from an undisclosed location," Qari Mohammad Yousuf, the main Taliban media spokesman said
Another Taliban spokesman said earlier he was not aware of the incident.
The Taliban on one side and the Afghan government and foreign forces on the other are engaged in a propaganda battle to win the hearts and minds of Afghan civilians.
Each side often accuses the other of atrocities, usually denied immediately.
When in power from 1996 until 2001, the Taliban staged public stonings or lashings of Afghans found to have had sex outside marriage.
The Taliban denied responsibility after Time magazine published a cover photograph last month of a young Afghan woman who said her nose was cut off as punishment for fleeing abuse at her husband's house.
If confirmed, Monday's (NZT) execution would be the second of a woman by the Taliban since they were ousted by US-backed Afghan forces nine years ago. A woman was previously executed for alleged spying for foreign forces.
The judiciary in neighbouring Iran last month suspended a sentence of death by stoning for a woman convicted of adultery after an international outcry over the case.