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Afghan militia declares Islamic rule

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The
Taliban militia, now the uncontested
masters of Afghanistan's capital, chased
the soldiers of ousted President
Burhanuddin Rabbani north of Kabul
on Friday and began putting in effect its
version of strict Islamic rule.
Women were barred from offices
until further notice and told to wear tra-
ditional Islamic veils when outside the
hone, reports reaching this city near
the Afghan-Pakistan border said.
On Official Kabul Radio, now in the
hands of the Talibs, a religious scholar
told his countrymen that adulterers and
those who drink alcohol should be
"God says that those committing
adultery should be stoned to death,'
Mullah Agha Gulabi said. "Anybody
'who drinks and says that it is not against
the Koran, you have to kill him and
hang his body for three days until peo-
ple say this is the body of the drinker
who did not obey the Koran and Allah's
Less than two years after their forma-
tion in southeastern Afghanistan, the
Taliban - made up originally of stu-
dents from Muslim religious schools
but whose ranks have been joined by
veterans of the Islamic holy wars
against the Soviets - swept into Kabul

from all directions at about 1 a.m.
They dragged former President
Najibullah, who led Afghanistan's for-
mer pro-Soviet government until its
demise in April 1992, and his brother
and former security chief, Shahpur
Ahmadzai, from a U.N. compound and
killed them. The bullet-riddled, bruised
body of Najibullah was hoisted on a
wire noose outside the presidential
palace. Afghans gathered by the hun-
dreds to cheer and shout abuse at the
"He was a killer of Afghan people.
He was against Islam. He was a crimi-
nal and he was a Communist," said
Mullah Mohamed Rabbani. He is unre-
lated to the president but is a member of
the provisional six-member Taliban
council appointed Friday to govern in
Kabul. "This was his punishment."
During Najibullah's six-year' rule,
which ended when anti-Communist
"moujahedeen" besieged the capital,
Afghans by the tens of thousands were
arrested, tortured and murdered.
Blocked at Kabul airport when he tried
to flee to exile abroad, burly
Najibullah, a former medical student
who once led the feared and hated state
security service, took up refuge in the
U.N. compound that was his home
until his death.

Experts say Perot lawsuit

WASHINGTON - It may be unfair. It may be rude. But it
may not be illegal to exclude Ross Perot from the presidential
That is the conclusion of several legal experts who said last
week that Perot probably won't win the lawsuit he filed Sept.
23 in U.S. District Court, seeking to muscle his way onto the
debate stage with President Clinton and GOP nominee Bob
Dole. But the experts differ on why.
Perot's lawsuit contends that the Commission on
Presidential Debates violated his First Amendment rights in
barring him and his running mate, Pat Choate, from partic- Perot
ipating in the three nationally televised debates.
Some experts contend Perot will lose his suit because he can't-prove that the com-
mission is really a "state actor," or that the panel has circumvented election lawsby
accepting corporate sponsorship. Others say Perot may be onto something but has
hurt himself because he waited too long to file the lawsuit and has not given the
courts or the Federal Election Commission enough time to tackle his complaint.

Herbert Holl, second from left, special United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, is
escorted by Mullah Haflzullah, the chief of protocol for the Taliban rebels.

Najibullah and his brother had been
guarded by government soldiers, but
the soldiers fled as the Talibs closed in
on Kabul's center, U.N. spokesperson
Sylvana Foa said in New York.
The Taliban's seizure of war-shat-
tered Kabul, home to an estimated
750,000 residents and impoverished
Afghans displaced by fighting else-
where in the country, was the spectac-

ular climax to a lightning campaign
that began two weeks ago with the
capture of the strategic eastern city of
Government officials and soldiers
fled Kabul by the thousands Thursday,
as'did Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former
professor of Islamic law who was
Afghanistan's titular president, and his
military chief, Ahmad Shah Masood.
Kn1ow of
news? Cl

Meeting fals short
of ma 's legaCy
ST. LOUIS - After last year's
Million Man March, organizers
promised tangible programs that would
erase any questions about the long-term
impact of the huge and uplifting event.
But if the riddle of the march's lega-
cy has an answer, organizers hope it
was not provided at the black political
convention that concluded here yester-
Only a few hundred delegates -
most of them veteran activists or mem-
bers of the Nation of Islam - turned
out for most of an event that march
organizers had confidently predicted
would attract tens of thousands from a
broad cross section of black America.
The convention was supposed to pro-
vide the first big step toward fulfilling
Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan's pledge to harness the ener-
gy unleashed by the march - one of
the larger demonstrations in the history
of Washington - into "a third political
force" that works in the interest of black
and "oppressed" people., Instead, the
convention seemed to raise questions

about whether the march's monjentum
has slipped away.
"What you see here is the truth sli-
ping you in the face," said Kobi Little, a
convention delegate, as he looked over
the sparse crowd sprinkled on the floor
of the huge Trans World Dome. "This is
what happens if you don't organize."
Number of U.S.
billionaires grows
NEW YORK - From the average
Joe to the most bloated fat cat,
Americans have more money. But the
richest are a lot richer and their ranks
have swelled by nearly a third.
The 1996 annual ranking of the 400
wealthiest Americans by Forbes mag
zinc includes a record 121 billionaire.,
27 more than last year. The ranking
appears in the magazine's Oct. 14 issut,
released yesterday.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett again
lead the list with a combined fortune
between them of $33.5 billion. That's
nearly as much as President Clinton's
proposed tax break to help middle-class
parents pay for their children's college
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Belarus president
seeks return to past
MINSK, Belarus - The old days
were the best days, according to
President Alexander Lukashenko. He
says his parliament is now full of trai-
tors and Western spies are plotting his
downfall. On his orders, the flag is a
copycat version of the old Soviet ban-
ner and schoolchildrenuse outdated
Soviet textbooks that neglect to men-
tion Belarus as a separate entity.
In this deteriorating country wedged
between Poland and Russia, where
colossal Lenin statues dot the landscape
and workers are encouraged to address
each other as "comrade," a lot of people
seem to share his nostalgia. They call
their flamboyant 41-year-old president
"Batka," or Daddy.
"In the present transitional period, our
Slavic mentality demands that a presi-
dent should be personally responsible for
everything that is going on in the coun-
try," Lukashenko explained in a recent
interview with a Russian newspaper.
But his critics say there is nothing
paternal about a leader who professed
admiration for the "order" in Nazi

Germany, fired elected officials,
banned demonstrations, shut printing
presses and scheduled a referendum 'n
Nov. 7 - the anniversary of the 1917
Bolshevik Revolution'- to raO
through a new constitution that wotfd
give him almost unlimited powers.
Radio: Police foiled
Haitian coup plot
PORT-AU-PRINCE; Haiti -Pol ie
foiled a coup plot by a group of decom-
missioned soldiers just hours befe
they planned to assassinate top governW
ment officials, a private Haitian radio
station reported yesterday. Police were
not available to confirm the report."-'
Officers arrested Sgt. Joseph Jeat-
Baptiste on Saturday at. the home "of
Emmanuel Constant, former head of the
violent pro-military organization Front
for the Progress and Advancement' df
Haiti, according to Radio Haiti-Inter.?
During the arrest, police discovered a
cache of automatic weapons ar
- Compiled from Daily wire repots.

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