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Stay home: Taliban orders Afghan women in Kabul city

Kabul interim mayor Namony’s comments came as another sign that the Taliban are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam, including restrictions on women in public life, despite their initial promises of tolerance and inclusion. The Taliban had barred girls and women from schools and jobs in their previous rule in the 1990s.

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Kabul, First Published Sep 19, 2021, 4:01 PM IST
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The Afghanistan's capital Kabul interim mayor says many female city employees have been ordered to stay home by the country's new Taliban

Hamdullah Namony told reporters Sunday that only women who could not be replaced by men have been permitted to report to work. He says this includes skilled workers in the design and engineering departments as well as female attendants of public toilets for women, AFP quoted.

Namony’s comments came as another sign that the Taliban are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam, including restrictions on women in public life, despite their initial promises of tolerance and inclusion. The Taliban had barred girls and women from schools and jobs in their previous rule in the 1990s.

The mayor says a final decision about female employees in Kabul municipal departments is still pending, and that they would draw their salaries in the meantime, AFP quoted.

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He says that before the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last month, just under one-third of close to 3,000 city employees were women who worked in all departments, the report stated.

Meanwhile in another development, the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) claimed in the 20th issue of its propaganda magazine, Voice of Hind, that the suicide bomber, who had attacked Kabul airport last month, was caught in Delhi five years ago.

The new edition of the IS magazine Voice of Hind said: “By the grace of Allah, a soldier of the Khilafah, Abdur Rahman al-Logri, carried out an istishadhi (suicide attack) operation. The brother was arrested five years ago in India, when he had travelled to Delhi to carry out an istishadhi operation on the cow-worshipping Hindus in revenge for Kashmir.”

“But Allah had decreed otherwise, the brother was tested with imprisonment and was deported to Afghanistan. Staying true to his promise to Allah, the brother didn’t go home, rather carried out his operation, his heart filled with tranquility and pleasure,” it said.

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