The Taliban chopped off a man's hand after he was found guilty of theft by a 'Shariah' or Islamic court set up by them in the restive Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan, a day after beheading a fellow militant who was accused of spying for the government.
Abdul Khaliq's hand was cut off by members of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan at Qureshan Chowk in Mamozai area of Orakzai tribal agency.
The act was witnessed by local residents, the Dawn newspaper reported today, adding that Khaliq was found guilty of theft by the Taliban.
Despite claims by security forces and the semi-autonomous region's political administration that 90 per cent of Orakzai region had been purged of militants, the Taliban are still very active in several parts of the tribal agency.
A day earlier, the Taliban in Orakzai beheaded a fellow militant named Gulbat Khan after accusing him of "spying" for the government and the security forces.
In November last year, the Taliban had publicly flogged 25 alleged drug peddlers in Orakzai.
The Taliban had set up numerous "courts" across the tribal belt about three years ago to administer their brand of justice.
Though some of these courts were wound up after the army launched an operation in parts of the tribal areas, they have been re-established in recent months by the Taliban.