Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to put on head-to-toe clothes in public, a pointy hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was sure to additional complicate the group’s dealings with an already distrustful worldwide neighborhood.

The decree, which requires women to solely present their eyes and recommends they put on the head-to-toe burqa, evoked related restrictions on women in the course of the Taliban’s earlier rule between 1996 and 2001.

“We need our sisters to stay with dignity and security,” mentioned Khalid Hanafi, performing minister for the Taliban’s vice and advantage ministry.

The Taliban beforehand determined in opposition to reopening colleges to women above grade 6, reneging on an earlier promise and opting to appease their hard-line base on the expense of additional alienating the worldwide neighborhood.

That choice disrupted efforts by the Taliban to win recognition from potential worldwide donors at a time when the nation is mired in a worsening humanitarian disaster.

“For all dignified Afghan women carrying Hijab is important and the most effective Hijab is chadori (the head-to-toe burqa) which is a part of our custom and is respectful,” mentioned Shir Mohammad, an official from the vice and advantage ministry in a press release.

“Those women who are usually not too outdated or younger should cover their face, besides the eyes,” he mentioned.

The decree added that if women had no necessary work exterior it’s higher for them to keep at house. “Islamic rules and Islamic ideology are extra necessary to us than the rest,” Hanafi mentioned.

The Taliban have been ousted in 2001 by a U.S.-led coalition for harboring Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and returned to energy after America’s chaotic departure final yr.

Since taking energy final August, the Taliban management has been squabbling amongst themselves as they wrestle to transition from struggle to governing. It has pit hard-liners in opposition to the extra pragmatic amongst them,

Infuriating many Afghans is the information that lots of the Taliban of the youthful era, like Sirajuddin Haqqani, are educating their women in Pakistan, whereas in Afghanistan women and women have been focused by their repressive edicts since taking energy.

Girls have been banned from faculty past grade 6 in many of the nation because the Taliban’s return. Universities opened earlier this yr in a lot of the nation, however since taking energy the Taliban edicts have been erratic. While a handful of provinces continued to present training to all, most provinces closed academic establishments for women and women.

The religiously pushed Taliban administration fears that going ahead with enrolling women past the the sixth grade may alienate their rural base, Hashmi mentioned.

In the capital of Kabul non-public colleges and universities have operated uninterrupted.

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